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The Big Sleep is back on!

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Feb, 2019 04:59 PM

Alabaré’s flagship fundraising event was postponed a week ago because of the snow, and will now take place on Friday 8 March at Salisbury Cathedral.

The 13th ’Big Sleep’, which raises awareness of those forced to sleep on the streets and raises much needed funds, sees volunteers spend the night sleeping outside in the Cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral.

Everyone who had agreed to take part had pledged to raise a minimum of £100 for Alabaré's work with the most vulnerable, but in fact much more has been promised.

Concerns about the extreme weather conditions last week, and the safety of those taking part, meant that the event had to be called off at the last minute, but a spokesman for the charity said:
“We are delighted to announce the new date of our BIG Sleep at Salisbury Cathedral. The event will now take place on Friday 8 March.

“If you have already registered, you do not need to do anything more than let us know if you are able to attend. If you have booked on behalf of more than one person, please let us know of their availability too.

“We are very proud that around half of those signed up for our 2019 BIG Sleep are children from our local schools, many of which have also had to take the difficult decision to close today due to concerns about safety travelling to and from their sites.”

Alabaré is a Christian charity based in Salisbury that supports vulnerable, homeless and marginalised people. It offers support to thousands of people in need through its homes and services across the South and South West of England and Wales. These provide specialist support for young mothers and babies, people suffering from addictions, young people and those leaving the acre system, the mentally ill and those with learning difficulties and armed forces veterans.

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