Holly's Sleep Out 2014
"So this year, on 21st March 2014, I did it my second Sleep Out... because it was so much fun last year! This is what I remember about the night...
As I entered the Cathedral I signed in and then went on a search for the best place to set up our sleeping bags. We got there early so we had a lot of places to choose from. Once I had found the perfect spot, I then set up my bedroll, excited and a little bit hyper. I then helped set up the registration desk and, with some new friends I had met, helped to sign people in. Afterwards, I rushed around, meeting new people and sneakily taking a few snacks from the refreshment table. We then all bunched together to listen to a speech from the organiser, my mum Heather, and afterwards I met the Bishop of Salisbury, Bishop Nicholas who really taught me to think about the homeless and what it is like to be living alone outdoors.
After a few more laps around the cathedral, and a handful of jelly babies, I finally settled down in my sleeping bag all snuggled up and warm (actually not so warm because it was really cold!)
I really enjoyed doing the Sleep Out and I went because I think it is all for a great cause and all the people who get to use the money, deserve it. I want to say thank you to all the people at Alabaré for making a good charity, great! And I know I will be doing the Sleep Out challenge next year as well, so I hope you are there too!
Holly Hitchins, aged 12
PS This year me and my mum raised £350 and also a quick thank you to all the people who sponsored us... and we will be expecting more money next year."