“Why not join us on Saturday 9th December 10 pm at St James Church in Poole Old Town. Spend a night sleeping outside in solidarity with our friends who are homeless: raising awareness and also vital funds for Routes to Roots’ Winter appeal. Last year we raised £1,055 and we are looking for new fundraisers to take on the challenge on this cold December night, and hopefully will beat that amount!
“It will provide a small insight into what it might be like to be without a safe place to call home, and having to rely on the support of others.
“You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag and lots of layers. We suggest bringing a ground sheet or some cardboard to sleep on, and some waterproof sheeting or a survival bag. “It would be great to have lots of churches represented. Hopefully see you there!”
If you have any questions about the sleep out or would like to join in, please contact Rev. Chris Harwood on 0781 3782 801.
For more information, or to donate go to:
Rev Chris Harwood from St James, Poole, has organised a Sleep-Out to raise funds for R2R. It will take place on Saturday 17th December outside St James Church in Poole, officially starting at 9.00pm though the organisers will be there earlier to set up. You can join in or support them.
Some people will sleep under the stars/tarpaulin; others will bring tents. Those sleeping under the stars will need to bring cardboard to protect themselves from the cold ground. There will be hot drinks and food provided.
Chris is hoping to raise £400 to keep our homeless friends safe and warm this winter. Please help them achieve this or, even better, exceed the target.
Forecast for that evening is 5 degrees, very windy with rain, so those sleeping out will be earning your support!
A Just Giving page has been set up to encourage people to give on FaceBook and spread the message further:
St Dunstan’s Church Youth Club presented R2R Trustee Gabi with a cheque for £500 at our Monday Afternoon Drop-In. They raised the money in a sponsored sleep-out in November. Joining the youngsters were club leader Chris Trent and church member Michael Tomlinson, prospective Conservative MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole.