Alabaré Sleep Outs 2013
4th March 2013
Charity sleepers rise to the challenge for Wiltshire’s homeless
Nearly 100 people slept out in Wiltshire on Friday night (1st March) to raise funds for Alabaré. At Salisbury Cathedral and United Church in Trowbridge, sleepers braved the cold to bed down for the night in sleeping bags and make-shift beds. Funds raised from both events will to Alabaré’s two Drop In Centres, in Salisbury and Trowbridge, which provide food and support to homeless people.
Heather Hitchins, Alabaré Fundraiser who organised the events said: “The night was a great success thanks to the amazing efforts of so many people and we are thankful to all who took part and supported us in so many ways.”
The main focus of the sleep out was at Salisbury Cathedral where those taking part included MP John Glen, Right Reverend Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury and youngsters from local schools and churches. Sleepers in Salisbury have already raised over £3,000 and it is hoped that the final total for the Salisbury event will be around £12,000.
John Glen said “It’s a reminder every year, when I pack up in the morning, how difficult it is for those people who don’t have somewhere to live. While there is great provision and massive support across Salisbury for people who are homeless, there are people who for various reasons, find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to go. I think Alabaré are a fantastic local charity who do so much for the most vulnerable”.
Alabaré would like to thank Rose Lewis and her colleagues from Sainsbury’s for their support of the Salisbury Cathedral Sleep Out and for serving up complimentary soup and donuts to sleepers. Thank you also to Waitrose and Tesco too for their contributions.
In Trowbridge, 11 sleepers enjoyed soup and hot drinks provided by and served by members of the local Lions Club, before taking to the ground of the United Church courtyard. Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor John Knight visited to speak to sleepers and wish them well for their night on the tiles.