The annual Folkestone Big Sleep Out took place on Friday 29 September at St Mary’s School in Folkestone, and with 48 people taking part, is expected to raise in excess of £4,000 for the Rainbow Centre.
The skies stayed clear which was a relief for hardy participants who slept under the stars in shelters that they had made from cardboard and polythene. Representatives from local scout groups, church groups, the local Labour Party and individuals from the wider community in Folkestone took part.
Local fish and chip van Streetz2Streetz were on hand to feed those taking part, and entertainment came in the form of live music and a competition to judge the best-decorated shelter which was won by Jodee Furlong and Jason Geen who travelled in from Lydd
Jon Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Folkestone Rainbow Centre:
“We are so grateful to everyone who supported the event, not only those who slept out, but to those who helped organise the Big Sleep Out and who gave up their time to help on the night. Special thanks to Streetz2Streetz who provided our fish and chip supper!
The fundraiser – which has become a key date in our calendar – was a tremendous success!”
Folkestone’s own town Mayor, Councillor Roger West, attended the event. He said:
“There were some very fine constructions at this year’s Big Sleep Out, and some very brave people spending the night out in the open. But it was all for an excellent cause and I hope that Rainbow Centre raises a lot of money for its invaluable work.”
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