Chilly Trowbridge sleepers help centres for homeless
Fundraisers settled in for a cold night of sleep in the courtyard of United Church Trowbridge, to back homelessness charity Alabare Christian Care and Support.
Before the 12 people bedded down on cardboard and in sleeping bags, Trowbridge mayor John Knight came along to give his support.
Organiser Rob Jones, who is caretaker and administrator of United Church, said: “Everyone came wrapped up and well prepared and they slept reasonably well.”
Manvers Hall was open for soup and refreshments and Trowbridge Lions Club, which supported the event, took shifts, making sure everyone had hot drinks.
Money raised will go towards Alabare’s drop-in centres, which provide a safe and welcoming daytime shelter for people who are homeless, facing homelessness or in unsuitable living accommodation.
They offer hot food and drink, showers, laundry facilities, a clothing bank and advice on a range of issues including housing, benefits and health.
The event is in its second year in Trowbridge. Last year £2,155 was raised by 15 sleepers. To donate sleepout sponsorship money to the appeal, visit the charity’s website at www.alabare.co.uk