Homeless sleepout in Barley raises more than £3,000 for good cause

PUBLISHED: 08:30 20 December 2017

Sophia and Charles Wrangham, David Shaw, Andrew Sims and Sarah Dingley. Picture: Courtesy of Sarah Dingley

Sophia and Charles Wrangham, David Shaw, Andrew Sims and Sarah Dingley. Picture: Courtesy of Sarah Dingley


More than £3,000 has been raised by the former Royston town mayor and members of Barley’s parish church who slept out in the cold all night for a homeless charity.

Sarah Dingley linked up with Sophia Wrangham from the Church of St Margaret of Antioch through Royston’s Churches Together group for The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017.

The initiative, by the Church Urban Fund, is in its third year and has seen people up and down the country get sponsored to transform a space into an ‘Advent stable’ and sleep out for the night.

Mrs Dingley told the Crow: “It was heart-stoppingly cold and not a little eerie in the graveyard of Barley church, with the owls hooting, wind howling and bells tolling!

“It raised awareness and helped us raise £3,269.63 at this moment in time. Some gifts were anonymously given through Sophia’s letterbox. Others are still coming in via the charity giving web page.”

To add to their total go to sleepoutchallenge2017.everydayhero.com/uk/the-12-hour-homeless

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 12:13

The 90s Britpop era will be celebrated at a new music festival coming to Knebworth Park this summer – and you could be there for the weekend if you win our great Cool Britannia ticket competition.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A power cut is potentially affecting many of our South Cambs villages this evening.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has entered a joint venture to build new homes in Letchworth, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and elsewhere as part of a £2 billion development scheme.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A car caught fire on the A505 between Baldock and Royston this morning.

Most read stories


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter