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Hardy fundraisers sleep rough in Bishop of Guildford's garden

Date: 04 February 2013

A TEAM of fundraisers braved a February night in the Bishop of Guildford's garden to raise funds to help tackle youth homelessness.

The hardy bunch which included Anne Milton MP and YMCA Guildford CEO Pete Brayne, bedded down for the night on a partly built paved area next to Bishop Christopher's Willow Grange home.

Martin Giles of the online newspaper the Guildford Dragon was among those who rose to the challenge. He said: "For me, the night was not so much a sleep out as a shiver out. If I needed reminding how tough cold winter nights can be for those who are homeless it certainly did the trick.

"Why is it that when one part of your body is suffering it becomes the only part you are are of? I thought that eventually I would drift off. But sleep would not come and all I could think of was the cold.

"Let’s face it: despite any discomfort, this was five-star rough sleeping, but it was enough to make us thank our lucky stars and take our home comforts a little less for granted."

Bishop Christopher wished the campers well at the start of their ordeal and joined them early in the morning when his personal assistant Mary Morris provided them with welcome bacon rolls.

For a full report visit the Guildford Dragon site by clicking here.

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