ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters, parents and students braved bitter winds and lashings of rain when they faced the elements and slept out under the stars on Saturday.
In the grounds of Chichester cathedral, groups battled against the gusts to build the best cardboard shelter that would provide their accommodation for the night for Stonepillow’s annual charity event, The Big Sleep Out.
By the time it got dark, the mayor of Chichester, the chairman of Stonepillow trustees Shelagh Legrave, and Nigel Wright, the builder responsible for the refurbishment programme at St Joseph’s night shelter, had 15 cardboard shelters to judge.
A spokesman for Stonepillow said: “Stonepillow would like to thank all the participants, the sponsors, volunteers and staff for supporting what is a very important day.”
An evening service in the cathedral was conducted by the Rev Tim Scholfield and attended by the mayor of Chichester.
Hot meals were donated by the area’s chip shops and musical entertainment was enjoyed before the wrapped-up participants retired to their shelters to experience a chilly night with no roof.
Stonepillow is a charity which aims to provide relief for the homeless and vulnerable in the Chichester and Arun area.