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take the annual sleepout challenge!

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The Advent Sleepout Challenge dares you to give up your bed for one night and get sponsored to do so, raising money for projects tackling homelessness all over the country. It’s your chance to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people living on the edges of society in England. During Advent, people all over the country will be giving up a night of comfort and sleeping out with their friends, families, church groups, clubs, colleagues and community groups. They’ll be wrapping up in their winter woollies for a fun night in school halls, churches, community halls, scout huts, garden sheds… pretty much anywhere, just as long as it’s not in their beds.

Funds raised will support the work of the Church Urban Fund which tackles homelessness through its Together Network by supporting Winter Night Shelters and other initiatives. I’ve recently heard from one of our projects in Middlesbrough called Positive Pathways which is one such initiative. The Positive Pathways project aims to help people move out of homelessness into more stable and sustainable way of living and is based on a simple premise – people come in two days a week for a cup of tea, a simple meal and some socialising. If they need help with benefits or to access another kind of help, the Positive Pathways team can facilitate that.

Best wishes, Holly & Abi, Chief Sleepers – The Advent Sleepout Challenge Team

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