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A night shared with our Historic Past

I pen these notes after the ‘BIG SLEEP OUT’ last night organised by Rotary Club of Colchester Forum.  There is a cold north wind, temperature around 12°c and the swallows have just arrived in my garden – summer must be here? Or it is coming soon!

It was pretty chilly last night but we all survived to witness a predicted £11,000 to be shared by The Samaritans and Beacon House Charities. 

It was an experience which made me reflect on just how fortunate we all are. None of us would want to sleep out there every night - thankfully our cardboard boxes were not put to the test by heavy rain! It was not a comfortable experience but a satisfying and privileged one and an experience I will always treasure and remember - I hope I never have to experience it for real.

It was an experience which made me realise that we need to help get all of the unfortunate people sleeping rough off the streets of Colchester NOW.

It was humbling to sleep in a box inches from the near elevations of our historic castle.  I don’t think previous occupiers of the Castle would have left us resting on their doorstep! Laying there and looking up the floodlit brickwork will be with me for life now - a privileged opportunity I am glad I grasped.  Yes you may ask – have I lost the plot?! No I shared a moment in Colchester’s Historic Past.

To be part of a group of fundraisers, representatives of the charities and our very own Colchester dignitaries who gave up their warm beds to share the experience with us showed the community coming together including the Mayor of Colchester Mrs Julie Young, The Bishop of Colchester and our Colchester MP Mr Will Quince – a special thank you to all of you.

Thank you also to my young son Philip who shared the experience with me too.

Finally, thank you for all your generous donations, our final Boydens collection towards the total will be in the region of £1400.00 but if you feel you wish to add to the donations, you can do so at:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/boydensbigsleep

David Boyden

Managing Partner

Boydens – 7/5/17

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