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Bishop signs off with sleep out

30/01/2011

The Bishop of Lincoln survives a night on the streets in support of the YMCA

Bishop signs off with sleep out

The Bishop of Lincoln has survived a night in the open air, as part of a charitable event organised by the YMCA.

The Rt Revd John Saxbee, joined by colleagues from Church House, The MP for Lincoln and around 70 other participants, spent the night on the East Green of Lincoln Cathedral, raising money for homeless charities in Lincoln.

Bishop John, who retires on 31 January, said that he was pleased to have bowed out with a chance to support a worthy cause.

"It was an experience I'll never forget," said the Bishop, over a well-earned bacon sandwich the following morning.  

"I think we managed to raise a good amount of money for homeless charities in Lincoln, but also raised the profile of an issue which is much bigger than most of our local councillors and representatives are prepared to admit.

"Most of all it gave me a real sense of how we should never take for granted those creature comforts which are part of our lives, but which other people are not able to enjoy.

"If we have managed to do something for one night by sleeping rough which will mean that others don't have to do so every night, then it will all have been worthwhile."

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Click here  to watch BBC Lincolnshire's report of the event 

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