On Friday 23rd March, eight members of the St Margaret’s at Cliffe Parish church community spent a night sleeping outside to highlight the growing issue of homelessness, raising money for three charities – Porchlight, Catching Lives and the Dover Outreach Centre.
Vivienne, St Margaret’s PCC says: “With the support of Dover District Council, we set up camp to spend the night outdoors down in St Margaret’s Bay, and to say we had our fingers crossed for a better weekend of weather than we had been having, was an understatement. But then again, if we were homeless, we wouldn’t have had the choice, so actually, we really were prepared to go whatever the weather, unless someone official said otherwise. Lucky for us, the most we had to contend with was a rain shower and drizzle, and some raucous herring gulls at 5am. We didn’t have to fear late-night revellers looking for a bit of ‘amusement’ at our expense, hostility from passers-by or being used as a toilet because someone thinks that’s all we’re worth.
Homelessness is a shocking embarrassment for a country such as ours, that causes physical and mental deterioration at an alarming rate. Porchlight, Catching Lives and Dover Outreach Centre all work with vulnerable people to provide immediate
assistance in the form of food, showers, clean clothes, etc. as well as connecting them to Social Services and healthcare professionals to help them rebuild their lives.
If you would like to contribute to our collection for these three charities, you can do so directly at
www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/stmargaretsatcliffeparishchurch and click on the red ‘Donate now’ button,
or go to www.stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk and access the same page through our website, where you will also be able to see more photos from this and other activities that go on in the St Margaret’s Benefice. We will keep donations open until the end of April, after which we will distribute all funds between Porchlight, Catching Lives and Dover Outreach Centre, and give you an update on how much was collected –
We are delighted to say that to date we have raised just over £1,300. A huge “thank you” to all our supporters –you are helping so many people.”