Sleeping under the stars for people facing ‘tough old world’

Beryl Blower and Brenda Arthur are taking part in this year's sleep out to raise money for a homeles

Beryl Blower and Brenda Arthur are taking part in this year's sleep out to raise money for a homeless charity - Credit: Archant

Norwich's Lord Mayor and Sheriff will be sleeping outside to help the homeless and are urging others to join them.

In the new year, Brenda Arthur, Lord Mayor and Beryl Blower, Sheriff, will be taking part in a sleep out organised by the YMCA.

The charity's seventh annual event aims to raise awareness of the struggles homeless people face and to raise money.

Beryl Blower, sheriff of Norwich, said: 'It is a tough old world out there, much tougher than when I was younger. One night sleeping out is not the end of the world for me, some people have to do it every night.

'I have been to some of the YMCA's events and it is really heartening, young people are our future and it is important to do what we can to support them.'

On Friday, February 12, the group will be under the stars from 12am until 7am at the Soul Church Nursery site on Heartsease Lane.

They expect to be joined by dozens of others.

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Lord Mayor Brenda Arthur, said: 'During my time as Lord Mayor, I have had the opportunity to learn more about YMCA Norfolk and I am very impressed. I have heard, first-hand, compelling stories from young people whose lives have been changed for the better because of its work and so I am delighted to have the opportunity to help raise awareness of the charity.'

The Lord Mayor and Sheriff are the first to sign up for the Christian charity's fundraiser and will spend the night building cardboard shelters and sleeping with only the essentials.

All of the money raised will help to funding YMCA Norfolk's work which includes providing supported accommodation to more than 260 young people every night - who might otherwise face the streets.

Church, youth club and company groups are able to take part as well as individuals.

- For more information and to register, visit or call 01603 621263

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