Neil Parish MP takes part in charity sleep out on Tiverton's streets

Neil Parish MP joined Members of Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) in the Big Sleep Out at St George's Church, Tiverton on the night of Friday 27th June to raise money for the charity.


Around 15 young people took part in the sleep-out at St George's Church in Tiverton. While some set up tents in the grounds of the church, with rain forecast overnight, many build temporary dens inside the church itself. Neil Parish was joined by Mayor of Tiverton Cllr Sue Griggs.


Mr Parish said: "I have been along to support the CHAT sleep-out in previous years, but this year I was asked to take part and thought I really ought to do it properly. I slept quite well actually and it certainly gives you an understanding of what is must be like to have to sleep outside in all weathers."


Other sleep out events were held throughout the district on the same night, including in Bampton, Halberton and also at other Tiverton churches. Around 20 people took part in an event at St James Church.


Among them was Peter Ward-Enticott, who was taking part for the first time. He said: "Father Paul from the church was one of those taking part so I thought I ought to give him some support. It is incredible to think that in 2014 there is still so much need for CHAT's services, particularly with people needed to use food banks. There was a brilliant atmosphere though I wouldn't exactly say I enjoyed sleeping outside though once you've signed up to do it, you can't go home in the middle of the night."


Thirteen local schools also took part in teddy sleep-out events to help raise funds for CHAT which works to prevent homelessness in Mid Devon.