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Sleepout to raise cash in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 17:19 17 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

Organiser Brian Peyton and The Deputy Mayor Cllr Beric Read

Organiser Brian Peyton and The Deputy Mayor Cllr Beric Read

Deputy Mayor of St Albans District, Cllr Beric Read, is inviting people to join him in this year's Sleepout at St Albans Cathedral on Friday, December 3 from 9pm until 7am on Saturday.

Deputy Mayor of St Albans District, Cllr Beric Read, is inviting people to join him in this years Sleepout at St Albans Cathedral on Friday, December 3 from 9pm until 7am on Saturday.


This will be the 17th event to raise awareness of what it is like to have nowhere to shelter and to be forced to sleep out, especially now that the weather has turned cold and the first frosts have begun. It raises large amounts of money for charities which support homeless people.


Last year 360 people aged from around nine to over 65, with 50% under 18, participated, raising just under 45,200. An anonymous donation of 110 ensured that 2009 result was a record for any year since the Sleepout started. The total has now reached 338,310.


The charities that will benefit this year are the local St Albans charity Open Door, Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter (DENS), Luton Accommodation and Move-on Project, Leighton Linslade Homesless Service and Watford New Hope Trust.


The local charity Open Door supports the night shelter in Bricket Road. It is open every day of the year, and offers a day-time drop-in centre. Open Door provides access to medical help, personal counselling, advice on drugs and alcohol addiction, and assistance in finding permanent accommodation.


Joan Bailey, Chairman of Open Door, said, This project has been helping homeless people for 17 years now.Rough sleeping and homelessness continue to be important social issues, and our night shelter is full for most nights of the year.


We work to help our service-users move on to more permanent accommodation and more settled lives so we rely very heavily on the generosity of our supporters. We are extremely grateful to the Deputy Mayor and to all those others who will be helping to raise money by participating in the Sleep Out. For further information visit our website.


www.opendoorstalbans-district.org


Cllr Read added, I am participating on behalf of the St Albans charity, Open Door. This is an excellent cause and I encourage everyone to contribute something. Just visit the Justgiving site for a quick and easy way to make a donation. www.justgiving.com/beric-read/

For further information and to book your place, visit www.stalbans.anglican.org/Mission/Poverty-and-Homelessness/Sleepout-2010, or if you have any queries contact Carol Chisnall on 01727 818148 or email sleepout@stalbans.anglican.org.

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