Church group sleeps rough and raises £500 for charity

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A Long Sutton church group gave up home comforts and spent a night in a stable to raise money for a charity helping the homeless.

Seven people from St Mary’s Church, led by vicar Father Jonathan Sibley and his son Peter, slept rough during a 12-hour stay in a stable at Fourwinds Equestrian Centre, Pinchbeck, in aid of Crisis at Christmas.

Others involved in the Stable Sleep Out were Phillip and Clare Oldfield, their children Daniel and Sophie, and Andrew Kier.

The group did the sleep out after learning that just £20.48 allows the charity to provide three hot meals, a hair cut, health check and clothes for one person.

More than £500 was raised through sponsorship and Father Jonathan thanked supporters and equestrian centre owner, Paula Leverton, for helping with the sleep out.

He said: “The Bishop of Lincoln asked parishes if they would consider doing a Stable Sleep Out for the homeless.

“Paula generously moved out some of her horses and offered us a stable to sleep in, enabling us to support Crisis at Christmas.

“It was a cold and rainy night, but the stable was dry and we had straw to put our sleeping bags on, kindly provided by Paula.

“It was a great experience and we are thrilled by the amount of support from local people for those in need across the country.”