Over 100 people slept out in Wiltshire and Hampshire on Friday night (13th March) to raise funds for Alabaré.
In Andover, an enthusiastic group of supporters slept overnight on the chilly floor of King Arthur’s Hall, raising sponsorship money to support Alabaré’s work with young people. Funds raised will go towards The Junction, a Drop In and information centre for 13-25 year-olds; and Sarum House which provides supported accommodation for 18 vulnerable young people.
Heather Hitchins, from Alabaré’s Fundraising Team, said: “Our Sleep Out Events this year were 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.”
At United Church in Trowbridge and Salisbury Cathedral, sleepers also 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.
In Trowbridge, 9 sleepers slept in The United Church courtyard, supported by the Lions Club of Trowbridge, the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condry, and Mayor of Trowbridge Cllr Gyn Bridges who came along to wish them well for the night.
In Salisbury 106 supporters slept out at the Cathedral, including MP John Glen, Mayor of Salisbury Councillor Jo Broom, and local Labour parliamentary candidate Councillor Tom Corbin. They were joined by many individuals and groups of youngsters from local schools, churches and community groups.
The 2015 Alabaré Sleep Outs events have already raised £5,300 and it is hoped that together they will raise £20,000 in total.
You can still support the Alabaré Sleep Out by going to www.alabare.co.uk/get-involved/donate