Sleepy heads

More than thirty people had a taste of rough-sleeping on the stone floors of Edington Priory Church on 29th February 2008, helping to raise funds for a local homeless charity.


'This was one of several sleep-ins in aid of the local Alabare Christian Drop-In Centres,' said organiser Francis Webb. ‘It was really wonderful that everyone found it such a magical experience’.

Participants included a dozen teenagers, whilst 83 year-old Gilbert Green was the most senior rough-sleeper. The event raised over £4,000 including Gift Aid tax refunds, and the money will be shared between the Drop-in Centres in Trowbridge and Devizes.


The Chief Executive of Alabare, who also slept in the church all night, gave a short talk before lights out. It was a blustery night and the wind roared around the building.

'There was something very spiritual about snuggling down to sleep surrounded by floodlit arches and beautiful architecture,' said Jane Simkins, who volunteers at the Trowbridge Drop-In Centre. 'It's very important to everyone who joined in that Drop-In Users should have a say in how the money is used.'


The following morning, an appetising hot breakfast of local sausages and bacon, supplied by Coopers of Westbury, was served in bread buns before everyone headed for home.

'Will we be doing this every Leap Year?' asked one youngster. Another corrected her – 'every year, please.'

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