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Bishop to open Doncaster’s Sleepout
November 22nd, 2017
Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows will open a charity sleepout in Doncaster Minster on Friday, 1 December - to help homeless young people in South Yorkshire.
Around 50 volunteers are aiming to raise a total of £10,000 for youth homelessness charity Depaul’s work in South Yorkshire – by sleeping out overnight in the Minster on what could be one of the coldest nights of the year.
The Rt. Revd. Burrows said: “It is the first time Doncaster Minister has been used for a sleepout event and am very pleased Depaul asked to use it to raise the profile of homelessness in South Yorkshire – and generate funds for their important work here.
“The sleepers will be entertained by the Minster’s Community Choir before getting their heads down and, hopefully, enjoying some sleep, despite the discomfort and cold.”
Depaul provides supported and emergency accommodation services for young people facing homelessness including Nightstop South Yorkshire, part of the national Nightstop UK network, managed by Depaul UK and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery from its base in Eyre Street, Sheffield. And from its Dinnington office, Depaul SAFE@LAST provides services to Children, Young People and Families who are affected by running away or missing from home.
The sleepers will see a presentation by Nightstop South Yorkshire as well as a performance by Depaul SAFE@LAST staff.
Tracy Haycox MBE, Director of Children’s Services at Depaul SAFE@LAST, said: “Fundraising events like this are vital to allow us to continue our work with children and young people who are at risk of harm before, during and after running away.
“This will be a fantastic event and the money that our amazing supporters raise will go toward funding all of Depaul’s services for homeless and vulnerable young people across South Yorkshire.”
To volunteer for Minster Sleepout, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/minster-sleepout-tickets-37535597984 or email Matthew Redmore at Matthew.Redmore@depaulcharity.org.uk