"IT IS amazing how much money you can make by just sleeping," comes the
announcement from St Albans Abbey. But that means sleeping in
extreme discomfort - outside in freezing December weather. The Sleep Out at the
Abbey team has now counted the money raised by the hundreds who slept out last
year, including the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Inwood, and other
dignitaries, and found it had £31,500 to distribute between three charities
helping the homeless.
Money has gone to the Kings Arms Project night shelter in Bedford, to fit a
new bathroom and buy six new sofas. More has gone to extend the
furniture-refurbishment workshop at Emmaus, St Albans. Not only do their shops
provide cheap furniture for people setting up homes with very little, but they
also provide more income for the Emmaus community.
And the third charity is the Watford New Hope Trust, which helps put a roof
over the heads of homeless and marginalised people, provides training, and
helps them integrate back into society.