Chilling out for charity sleep

A group of teenagers is dreaming of milder weather when they sleep under the stars for charity. The volunteers will spend a night in sleeping bags at the bus shelter in Market Square, Biggles-wade, a week on Saturday to raise money for two organisations –

A group of teenagers is dreaming of milder weather when they sleep under the stars for charity.

The volunteers will spend a night in sleeping bags at the bus shelter in Market Square, Biggles-wade, a week on Saturday to raise money for two organisations - the Sue Ryder Home at Mogger-hanger and the Mid Beds MX Motorcycle Group.

It is the third year there has been a winter sleep-out for charity organised by Sandy resident Ken Lynch, who is also chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners' Association and project co-ordinator of the motorcycle group.

Last year the teenagers, who were supported with visits from North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt and Biggleswade mayor Cllr Wendy Smith, raised over £1,000 for young homeless people in Bedford.


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During this year's sleep-out parents will also be helping but Mr Lynch will be missing for the first time as he has to care for his sick wife.

Supporting the event again will be Cllr Smith and a representative from the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire. Throughout the night local police will also be visiting the site.

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"We would like more volunteers so we can raise more money," said Mr Lynch.

"Events like this really prove we have some wonderful young people who will devote their time and energy for charitable causes. I am sure there are more young people out there who would like to help us.

"We are hoping to beat last year's figure of £1,000 which is why we would like to see more young people join us."

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the sleep-out should contact Mr Lynch as soon as possible on 01767 681739. The event starts at 9.30pm on Saturday, February 3, and finishes at 8am the following morning.

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