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A Big Sleepout for Charity on the Green at Chichester Cathedral (posted 14 October 2015)

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A Big Sleepout for Charity on the Green at Chichester Cathedral...

Big Sleepout 2015 by Karen Schemilt, Chichester Observer
Big Sleepout 2015 by Karen Schemilt, Chichester Observer

On Saturday 11th October 2015 a cardboard city was created outside Chichester Cathedral as supporters of the charity Stonepillow gathered to sleep rough and raise funds and awareness for charity.  The Big Sleepout does not aim to replicate homelessness, but it does show you some of the realities of sleeping rough.

This year's event took place on World Homelessness Day, which was themed 'locals acting locally on a global day'.  The emphasis was on giving hands-on aid that is sensitive to local needs, while being aware of the global problem of homelessness.  The event was sponsored by Henry Adams Estate Agent which means that every penny raised will go directly towards helping rough sleepers in West Sussex to get off the streets and re-integrate back into society by addressing the health, work and housing issues they face.

Everyone was welcome at this event and participants included families, friends, colleagues, church and youth club members who all chose to spend a night sleeping out under the stars to raise awareness and funds for Stonepillow.

Big Sleepout 2015 by Karen Schemilt, Chichester Observer
Big Sleepout 2015 by Karen Schemilt, Chichester Observer

St John's Church Youth Group from Southbourne won first prize in the shelter-building competition which took place during the day and was judged by  Christopher Timothy, Henry Adams partner Martin Curry and Stonepillow's chair of trustees Shelagh Legrave.  The prize was presented later at an Ecumenical Service in the Cathedral.

By the morning of Sunday 12th October Stonepillow had received £10,000 and sponsorship money is still arriving.  Stonepillow has been helping rough sleepers to get off the streets for 25 years.

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