The Youth Group from St Paul’s Church in Addlestone recently held a sleep out on the snowiest night of the year so far.
Twelve teenagers slept overnight outside to raise money for Transform Housing & Support’s Winter Shelter. Over £2,500 was raised and presented to Jane Williams and Amanda Colman, both Trustees of Transform, on Sunday 26 February.
The shelter, in partnership with Runnymede, Spelthorne and Elmbridge Borough Councils, provides basic accommodation and hot meals for local homeless people who would otherwise be sleeping rough during the coldest and wettest time of the year. It operates from the beginning of January until the end of March, and also provides homeless people with advice and support to get them off the streets for good.
Jane Williams said:
“We were thrilled to be invited to attend the two morning services at St Paul's Church, where I was presented with a cheque for just over £2,500 towards Transform’s Winter Shelter. The sleep out – held on the one day of this year we've had real snow – was a real experience for those from the Youth Group that participated.”
Transform needs to raise £38,500 to ensure the winter shelter is funded during this winter…thanks to the all the support we have received, and the donation from St Paul’s Church, we have now only £6,500 to secure to help support rough sleepers during March.
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