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Newspaper team slept rough for good cause

Staff at a Devon newspaper spent a night sleeping on the streets to raise money for a local food bank.

The team from the Midweek Herald bedded down in a Honiton car park to raise money for The King’s Centre Food Bank.

Editor Belinda Bennett said: “I don’t think I’ll rush to volunteer to sleep on the streets again, but it has been a worthwhile exercise for a deserving cause.

“The economic downturn has really hit some local families and, for a few, keeping a roof over their heads means they can’t afford food.

“We hope that our sleep out has raised awareness about The King’s Centre and the fantastic work it is doing to help local people in need.”

The brainchild of advertising executive Claire Pearce, the sleep out has raised hundreds of pounds for the food bank, which fed 25 families in the five weeks following its launch.

The Midweek Herald team endured a night on the streets

Reporter Katy Griffin said: “It was a humbling experience. It made me appreciate having a roof over my head and a bed.

“We all felt very safe in Honiton, but I would feel vulnerable if I had to do it every night on my own.”

Others taking part in the sleep-out included Tim Mortimer, Matt Jenkins, Dave Somerton-Rees and Alex Walton, and local councilor Sharon Pavey.

The group didn’t get much sleep after being woken up by a blackbird singing at 3.20am.

Said Tim: “Never again. It was the worst night’s sleep I’ve ever had.”




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  • March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Boring! Try doing it for a week in Winter…

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  • March 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    We did – it’s just taken a while to get on here!

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  • March 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Of course there are now quite a few ex-journos sleeping rough for real.

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