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On the evening of 2nd December 2016, Newcastle Cathedral will host its second annual Advent Sleepout Challenge event, in aid of Together Newcastle. For just one night, the historic Cathedral will play host to a group of supporters who will be sleeping on the Cathedral floor in order to raise much-needed funds. Could you join them?

Over the course of the evening there will be opportunities to explore the Cathedral ‘after hours’, and a chance to visit the castle keep, as well as plenty of Advent themed music and activities – including producing a large ‘community art’ installation. Last year, the Advent Sleepout at Newcastle Cathedral raised more than £2,800, which improved the lives of many people struggling to make ends meet across the North East.


This year, the money raised will once again support Together Newcastle, who work with churches and communities between Tyne & Tweed, helping them to start or develop community activities. Together Newcastle support a range of community projects from young people’s savings schemes to food banks and everything in between. Together Newcastle focus on the gifts, skills and talents of local people and their neighbourhood, to help individuals and neighbourhoods thrive and flourish.

Steve Forster, Development Worker for Together Newcastle says “We want people to come along and enjoy the experience of sleeping out, whilst raising some money which will help us continue our work in communities where day to day life can be hard, and is getting more and more difficult for many families.”

Bishop John Packer, Chair of Together Newcastle trustees says “The Advent Sleepout acts as a reminder of the reality of the Christmas story. The fact that there was no room in the inn for Mary & Joseph is mirrored today in the experiences of people who feel there is no room for them in society… where perhaps they have no place to call home, no place to feel safe and loved, and nowhere they can enjoy being with family, friends and neighbours.”

For more information, or to sign-up, contact Angela at: or 07933237246.

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