On Friday I joined over 70 people for a sleepout on the tiles of Southwark Cathedral's churchyard to raise money to help the Robes Project. The sleepout raises funds for Robes to provide accommodation, food and support to rough sleepers.
Over £67,000 was raised by the time John Culshaw had finished amusing the volunteers, staff and trustees of the Robes Project, as well as Bishop Christopher and the Dean and other clergy of the Cathedral. I set a target of £500 online and am pleased to have reached £820 today - as well as contributing items to the auction on the night which raised another £140. If you still want to donate you can do so here
I was happy to join the volunteers for such a great cause as homelessness is rising locally and nationally. Coalition policies saw a significant rise in rough sleeping since 2010, including an elevenfold increase in ex-Forces homeless in London alone. The problem is set to grow further under a Tory government with even more damaging housing policies for our community. Robes needs all the help it can get so please do donate if you haven't already.
It didn't rain overnight thankfully, though it was very cold. But it was heartwarming to see so many people so committed to helping those less fortunate secure the basics this winter and I look forward to participating in future years.