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200 in Big Sleep Out to help Winchester homeless
3:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of Winchester residents slept rough last week to raise awareness for homeless charities.
Almost 200 people took part in the Big Sleep Out, organised by Trinity Winchester and Winchester Churches Nightshelter.
They gathered on the green in Cathedral Close, building shelters out of cardboard or tucking up in their sleeping bags, raising money for both charities.
Jessica Wheale, fundraising manager at Trinity, said the event was very successful with some participants raising thousands of pounds.
She said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a great atmosphere. The big difference here is that we are all going back to a hot shower so we can get through it but we need to raise awareness for the people who do it every night and don’t have that option.”
Peter Symonds College students Georgia Benton and Nina Jones, both 16, from Southampton, took part for the first time and won a prize for best designed cardboard shelter.
Georgia, said: “This is something really worthwhile which people should get involved with because it raises money for a really good cause.”
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