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8th Aug, 2022

Night-time fund-raiser awaits

CHARITABLE folk are invited to a sleep out in Stratford.

The Stratford Samaritans and St Basil’s – based at Tyler House in the town – are holding the first Shakespeare Sleepout on Friday April 7 at KES School.

The event is being held to raise money for both charities with their work supporting people feeling low or suicidal, and homeless young people.

Barrie Hodge from St Basil’s said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Stratford Samaritans and King Edward VI School on the first Shakespeare SleepOut.

“We wanted to offer sleepers a uniquely Stratford experience and this special venue means that we can.

“Young people in South Warwickshire face limited low-cost accommodation and poor public transport, particularly in rural areas.

“Isolation, the result of being moved away from their friends, can also have a significant impact on their emotional health which is why working with Stratford Samaritans is so important.

“This event will help our team to help more local young people build the foundations for secure and successful futures.”

And Rachel Key of Stratford Samaritans added: “On the night of the SleepOut, Samaritan volunteers will be in the branch responding to people in crisis, by phone, email, text and even face to face.

“They generously give their time to be there every night of the year including Christmas Eve.

“The funds raised by this event will enable Stratford Samaritans to reach more young people with the message that when you’re going through a tough time, talking to someone can change how you feel about yourself and your life.”

Visit www.stbasils.org.uk/shakespearesleepout for more information.

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