For the second year, parishioners from Catholic Churches in Westminster Diocese joined other faiths, politicians, socialites and local residents to sleep out on 10 October in Duke of York Square. The ‘Sleep Out’ raised over £115,000 to keep West London Churches Homeless Concern operating the largest chain of night shelters in London. These shelters are provided at two different Churches each night of the week throughout winter. An open door policy is central, so no referral from Councils or Government is needed. The shelters take homeless of all faiths and no faith.
Daniel Kaminski, from Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington, formed a group of ten parishioners to take part in the sleep out. Everybody remarked after what an insight it gives about the difficulties of sleeping rough – the weather, the hard pavements, the eternal noise and the rejection by many ordinary people.
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