Norfolk town funds new night shelter


On one of the coldest nights of the year, nine brave residents of King’s Lynn took the Sleepout Challenge in their home town to raise funds for a new night shelter that is being set up this winter.

These wonderful sleepers decided to take the Challenge after the number of rough sleepers in King’s Lynn jumped from 5 to 42 in just a year. As this number rose, churchgoers in the area decided they needed to step in and make a difference.

So far, these fantastic people have raised nearly £600 but they’re hoping to see that increase to £1000, which will be put towards the night shelter in King’s Lynn that is being set up by Imagine Norfolk Together, a part of Church Urban Fund’s Together Network.

Two of the volunteers were particularly brave and slept outside, while the rest slept inside St John’s church – which we are told was still incredibly cold!

The folks in King’s Lynn took their idea from their colleagues down the road in Great Yarmouth who took the Sleepout Challenge last year and raised money for their own winter night shelter, which is now in its second year.

The night shelter is being run by King’s Lynn Churches Together and will provide beds, meals, and a safe place to relax.

The night shelter will open thanks to the sleepers at St John’s. The Sleepout Challenge is a fun way to build community where you are, but as these folks have shown, it really can change lives.

NewsMatt Hollidge