A Night in the Cloisters

07 February 2020 - 08 February 2020
21:00 - 07:30
Cloisters
Norwich Cathedral Cloisters © Paul Hurst all rights reserved

A cold stone floor in Norwich Cathedral's Cloisters will be the makeshift bed for fundraisers taking part in a unique sleepout on Friday February 7.

Called A Night In The Cloisters, the event is challenging people aged 18 and over to spend the night in the centuries-old surrounds, from 9pm to 7.30am, and raise as much money as they can for Norwich-based homelessness charity St Martins.

During the night somebody with lived experience of sleeping rough will also talk to the fundraisers about what it really feels like to be homeless and how they were supported to get their life back on track. There will be a chance to hear about how the Pathways service works in Norwich helping people sleeping on the streets to access accommodation and support and to rebuild their lives.

The Revd Canon Andrew Bryant, Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, said: "It cannot be considered any great hardship to go to sleep amidst the wonderful architecture of the Cloisters; uncomfortable and cold perhaps, but safe and dry and for one night only.
“There is nothing virtuous about being part of a sleepout. The purpose is to raise funds for an excellent local charity who supports homeless people every day of the year. We hope the event will raise awareness about the issue of homelessness and inform people about what we can all do to help.”

A Night in the Cloisters is part of a special weekend at Norwich Cathedral focusing on homelessness.

People who would like to take part in the A Night in the Cloisters sleepout challenge starting at 9pm on Friday February 7, or who would like to make a donation, should visit https://www.justgiving.com/team/cloisternight or email the Revd Canon Andrew Bryant for more information at canon.missionandpastoral@cathedral.org.uk