200 to bed down for night at Salisbury Cathedral Cloisters

200 to bed down for night at Salisbury Cathedral Cloisters

Published by Mike Draper at 5:52am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 10:51am 7th February 2020)

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Pupils from several local schools along with the city's MP will be taking part in this year's BIG Sleep for charity.

The annual event aims to give a taste of what it's like to sleep rough and to raise funds for local charity Alabare and its work to help the homeless

Among the schools taking part this year are St. Joseph's, The Stonehenge School, Wyvern and St Edmunds.

Students and teachers from The Godolphin School will also be taking part again.

They've already raised more than £1000 on their JustGiving page.

Writing on the site Chaplain Stella Wood says they are proud to be involved.

"Each year we are amazed at just how unforgivingly cold the stone floor is."

"Sleep will, I suspect, be severely limited, but it's great to work with such super young people and for such a good cause. Society is so often negative about  teenagers: it dubs them the snowflake generation, but Godolphin girls throw themselves into this event with real conviction and compassion."

Comedian Andy Parsons has shown his support for the event tonight by recording a little social media video for the charity:


Salisbury's MP is also taking part as he has done every year since he became an MP in 2010;

"I am delighted to be taking part in the Big Sleep again for the 11th time, raising money for one of Salisbury’s most respected charities.

The causes of homelessness and rough sleeping are complex. In Alabare, we are fortunate to have a charity that doesn’t just offer accommodation but a full range of support to help vulnerable people regain their independence."

John Glen Big Sleep out 2019
John Glen MP at the BIG Sleep in 2019

Representatives from Salisbury Cathedral will also be taking part.

Rebecca Mullen, Alabaré's Fundraising and Development Manager is grateful for all the support.

"By braving the cold for one night at Salisbury Cathedral Cloisters, participants will get a brief experience of what it is like to sleep rough, whilst raising funds for the most vulnerable and marginalised. This will enable Alabaré to help those facing this reality off of the streets for good."

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