8th May 2016

Over 60 people Sleep Out to raise money for Trinity Winchester

Over 60 people slept outside Winchester Cathedral on Friday 6th May to raise money for Trinity Winchester.  The event is expected to have raised £15,000 for the charity which supports people who are homeless or vulnerable in Winchester.

People gathered in the Inner Close of the Cathedral from 4pm to start building their Cardboard Castles, while being entertained by local bands Call Me Al and The Mighty Hump, and performing arts students from the University of Winchester.

Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear judged Osborne Property Services the winners of the Cardboard Castle Competition.  The company worked with Winnall Primary School to build their Castle, with pupils helping to build and paint the structure, and designing shields around the theme of homelessness to decorate the castle.

Jenny Barstow, Events and Community Fundraiser at Trinity Winchester said “The Big Sleep Out was a fantastic event.  There was a wonderful atmosphere as everyone enjoyed the evening, took in the wonderful bands and came together to support the charity. The event has helped to raise valuable funds and awareness of the vital work carried out  by Trinity Winchester.”

“Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, including Winchester Cathedral, our sponsors Denplan and River Cottage Canteen, the bands and students providing the entertainment, the caterers, and everyone who took part.”