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This Is Wiltshire: Rob Jones of United Church and Heather Lamont from Alabare Christian Care and Support Rob Jones of United Church and Heather Lamont from Alabare Christian Care and Support

A homeless charity is looking for people to take part in its sponsored sleep out to raise money for its drop-in centres.

Alabare Christian Care and Support is holding its annual sponsored Sleep Out event at United Church in Trowbridge on Friday, March 1.

The event is in its second year in Trowbridge and last year saw 15 sleepers brave the elements to spend the night in the church courtyard to raise £2,155.

Heather Hitchins, marketing and fundraising administrator for Alabare, said: “Anyone over 16 can take part and must bring their sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard. We urge people to leave their phones and technology at home to think about the difficulties homeless people face.

“We want to raise awareness of the issues and the work we do, while also trying to raise as much money as we can.”

The drop-in centres provide a safe and welcoming daytime shelter to people who are homeless, facing homelessness or in unsuitable 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 charity enjoys the continued support of Trow-bridge Lions Club and the United Church, which is organising this year’s event.

The Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor John Knight, will be visiting the fundraisers in the evening to wish them well.

A sleep-out will also take place outside Salisbury Cathedral for the eighth time on March 1, where local MP John Glen and the Bishop of Ramsbury will be taking part.

For more information, visit www.alabare.co.uk.

To book a place for the Sleep Out, call Rob Jones at United Church on 01225 752073.

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