Edgbaston Sleepout
3 May 2018 by Fiona Handscomb

Edgbaston Sleepout

Last week, a team from the Church of England - Birmingham joined folk from across the city and slept out on concrete at Edgbaston Stadium to raise money for charities who work with the homeless. 

Edgbaston Sleepout 1

Our team of 15 brave folk, including both the Bishop and the Dean of Birmingham, have managed to raise over £5,000 so far for St. Basil's, who tackle youth homelessness and the Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter; a community of churches and organisations that work together to provide food and overnight accommodation to men sleeping rough in Birmingham during the winter.

The event took place at Edgbaston cricket stadium, where Warwickshire Cricket Club Director of Sport and former England cricketer Ashley Giles introduced the evening to those present, who then heard moving stories from St Basil's and a word from Bishop David, speaking about how we flourish as we come together across the city region to make a difference for the common good.

Makeshift cardboard shelters, cold concrete and not much sleep was then the order for the night for most, and a sobering reminder that they could all go back to warm homes the following day, unlike the folk they were raising money for.   

The whole event has raised around £20,000 so far. You can still donate by clicking here.