Two Ely cathedral canons to sleep out overnight in the Galilee porch to raise awareness of the homeless

PUBLISHED: 13:15 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 10 December 2018

Canon Vicky Johnson with her labradoodle, Percy (left) and Canon Jessica Martin with her rescue dog, Gonzo (right) preparing for their Sleep Out Challenge on Saturday 15 December at Ely Cathedral. Picture; ELY CATHEDRAL

Canon Vicky Johnson with her labradoodle, Percy (left) and Canon Jessica Martin with her rescue dog, Gonzo (right) preparing for their Sleep Out Challenge on Saturday 15 December at Ely Cathedral. Picture; ELY CATHEDRAL

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Two canons of Ely Cathedral are to sleep out to raise money for homeless charities.

Canon Vicky Johnson with her labradoodle, Percy (left) and Canon Jessica Martin with her rescue dog, Gonzo (right) preparing for their Sleep Out Challenge on Saturday 15 December at Ely Cathedral. Picture; ELY CATHEDRAL Canon Vicky Johnson with her labradoodle, Percy (left) and Canon Jessica Martin with her rescue dog, Gonzo (right) preparing for their Sleep Out Challenge on Saturday 15 December at Ely Cathedral. Picture; ELY CATHEDRAL

On December 15 Canon Jessica Martin and Canon Victoria Johnson will be wrapping up warm and sleeping in the Galilee Porch of the cathedral to raise awareness of the growing problem in Ely and around the country.

Canon Johnson said “Since 2010, there has been a 169 per cent increase in homelessness. 4751 people are estimated to sleep rough.

“We are just trying to do our bit to help and we hope people will sponsor the event generously.”

In 2015, a team from Ely Cathedral raised over £11,000 for the cause and both canons are hoping to raise as much this year.

Canon Martin and Canon Johnson will be accompanied by their respective dogs, Gonzo and Percy.

If you would like to sponsor the sleep out or join the team sleeping out in the cathedral go to the supporter page to sign up.

Or bring your donation to the cathedral marked ‘Sleepout’. Contact receptionist@elycathedral.org for more information.

The Ely Cathedral Advent Sleepout Challenge takes place on Saturday December 15 in the Galilee Porch, 10pm.

For further information on how you can support please go online.

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