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TRINITY Winchester’s virtual Big Sleep Out raised over £21,000 for the homeless and vulnerable

The event at home on Friday May 14 saw over 100 participants sleep out in their own gardens.

Instead of cancelling the annual fundraiser, the charity adapted the Big Sleep Out to ensure it was Covid-safe and asked supporters to swap their comfortable beds for one night to help those without one. On the night, participants enjoyed a packed programme of online entertainment and information via Facebook Live.

Following a welcome message from the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev Catherine Ogle, Trinity’s patron, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson introduced a video tour of its new accommodation project, UnderOneRoof@trinity.

Fun family activities included a cooking masterclass with chef Jack Stein ; a nature activity with BBC Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin; and a bedtime story read by actor Hugh Bonneville.

Trinity chief executive Sue McKenna, took part in the sleep out, and said “We are staggered just how many people took part and by the incredible fundraising total.

“It is truly humbling that our community continue to support vulnerable people at a time that is so difficult for everyone.

“We are looking forward to being back in the grounds of the Winchester Cathedral next year on Friday May 15 and look forward to seeing all our supporters there again.”

Through corporate sponsorship from Fyffes, participants raising sponsorship money and donations throughout the evening from local businesses Belgarum and SelwayJoyce, the amount raised so far is currently just over £21,000, with more money expected over the coming weeks.

Sam Power, marketing and communications assistant at Fyffes, said: “Fyffes were delighted to be able to support Trinity’s first virtual Big Sleep Out this year. Well done to Trinity Winchester and to everyone who took part to support this fantastic initiative.”

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