Fundraisers Brave The Cold For The BIG Sleep
Over 200 participants were in attendance at Alabaré’s BIG Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 2nd February. Despite the plummeting temperatures, a record-number of people came out in support of the fundraiser in order to raise funds for the homeless and vulnerable in the local community.
This year we were delighted to welcome the addition of dogs to accompany their owners to spend the night sleeping out under the Cloisters at the Cathedral. The dogs were all incredibly well behaved and served to highlight the bond between those who are forced to live on the streets and their canine companions.
John Glen MP for Salisbury said;
“This is my ninth year doing the BIG Sleep and I just think that it’s really important that for one day a year, we as a community reflect on the challenge of homelessness and the wonderful work that Alabaré does”
Jamie, a former Alabaré service user said;
"Nights like this are so important because having a roof over your head is the most important thing and Alabaré help build that foundation"
A number of local community groups and schools were in attendance including Sodexo, who provided breakfast in the morning, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, 14 regiment of the Royal Artillery and also Wyvern College, Stonehenge secondary, Sherborne Girls, Godolphin and St Joseph’s Schools. Refreshments on the night were provided by Boston Tea Party whilst there was also entertainment from New Song Café.
It was an incredible night in which those who took part were able gain a brief insight in to what it would be like to be in the desperate situation of being homeless whilst simultaneously raising funds for those in that exact position.