BIG Sleep's BIG Success
Thank you to all our amazing supporters who helped to make the 10th Anniversary of our BIG Sleep our largest and most successful year yet!
Over 180 brave fundraisers slept out on the cold, hard floor of the Cathedral Cloisters to mark the 10th Anniversary of our Salisbury BIG Sleep. Temperatures dipped down to around freezing, but it didn't deter our hardy sleepers who were each taking part to raise funds for our Salisbury Drop In Centre at Alabaré Place.
Mark Darcy, BIG Sleep volunteer says,
"It was humbling to see such a highly motivated and positive group of people brave the cold and help raise some money for such a great cause. There was a genuine sense of empathy and respect for those less fortunate than themselves and it was an honour to be a part of this event. Team Alabaré are a selfless and amazing group of people and I look forward to working with them again."
School and business groups mixed with our Salisbury Mayor, Councillor Andrew Roberts and local MP John Glen; first time sleepers joined those who have slept out for us at many of our previous 10 events. Awards were presented to our most loyal supporters who had attended over 6 of our Salisbury Sleep Out events.
Thank you to Marketing Officer Heather Hitchins for her inspiring speech. Prayers were led by Bishop Edward Condry and Canon Robert Titley. We remembered those people who rely on our Salisbury Drop In Centre, and who don't have the luxury of a warm, safe home to go home to in the morning.
Martin Field, Director of Income Generation at Alabaré says,
“Every year we are humbled by people’s generosity and passion for this event. All the money raised from the Salisbury BIG Sleep will help support people using our Drop In Centre in the heart of Salisbury, Alabaré Place. The centre provides a safe and welcoming day time shelter to people who are homeless, facing homelessness or are living in unsuitable or unstable accommodation. They offer hot food and drink, showers, laundry facilities, a clothing bank and advice and guidance on a range of issues including housing, benefits and health."
We are also extremely grateful to Simon Ward, our offficial photographer, for giving up his time on the evening and for providing us with some wonderful images and memories of the event. http://www.simonwardphotography.com/
Everyone went home on Saturday morning glad to have taken part, but also with a strong sense of good fortune in knowing that they were able to sleep in their beds tonight when others are sadly unable to.
St. Asaph Cathedral
A BIG thank you to all of the 31 fundraisers who slept out at St. Asaph Cathedral in North Wales on Friday 4th March. Your awesome efforts have already helped to raise over £900 for Alabaré's local Homes for Veterans.
Andy Green, Senior Community Fundraiser for North Wales says,
"I would like to personally thank all those who supported our first Sleep Out event in North Wales. The BIG Sleep not only raised much needed funds for our Homes for Veterans but awareness for vulnerable Veterans who do not have the luxury of a roof over their heads and a place to call home."
Alabaré would like to thank 'All Stars Dance Group', Andrew Atkinson, Corinne Fudge, Forgotten Heroes and Tony Davies for all their kind and generous support of this event.
For more information about our BIG Sleep events please email firstname.lastname@example.org