Back home now and showered after a better than expected sleep last night in the Cloisters. We were blessed with pretty mild weather, although there was a chilly breeze in the first part of the night. The snoring was spectacular, and I may have made my own contribution to that from time to time. Stone floors are not the best bed, but all seem to have made it safely through the night. We ended with a cooked breakfast provided by some kind friends who were once homeless but have had the chance to get off the streets. Morning Prayer in the Cathedral brought the experience to a fitting end.
We've already raised £7,500 for the Church Urban Fund, and cash and late donations are still coming in. Let's hope and pray that CUF can make a real difference to people's lives in some of our most deprived and difficult areas. We look forward to working with CUF in Norwich Diocese to support and develop the good work already going on from many of our churches.
Thanks again for all the support. Your turn next year!!! A
The day has finally come and I'm so grateful to everyone who's sponsored me. The weather forecast is looking pretty good for tonight, but I imagine whatever temperature is predicted for Norwich tonight, it will be quite a few degrees cooler in the Cloisters. I've received lots of advice - some helpful - on keeping warm, and am strangely looking forward to it all. If you've not donated and would like to do so to support the excellent work of the Church Urban Fund, then please do so - there's still time. With many thanks Alan.
I'm going to be sleeping out for the night of 1st December in the Cloisters at Norwich Cathedral. I'm not sure how enjoyable it will be as I'm quite partial to my warm bed, but this year in particular I'm very mindful of how much I have while others struggle with real poverty and hardship and I really value the work the Church Urban Fund does to work to transform lives. In fact, Norwich Diocese has recently begun to work in partnership with the Church Urban Fund to address poverty in this diocese, and so I'm keen to do what I can to support their work.
The night when the Cathedral Crib Scene is blessed seems just right for this event.
Please give as generously as you can.