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North Wales Homes for Veterans wins St Asaph Cathedral’s charity competition

St Asaph Cathedral has announced the winner of its annual competition to host a charity event for free.

Six charities applied for the opportunity to run a concert or event in the prestigious North Wales venue during 2016.  Homes for Veterans have been selected and will run a Big Sleep fund raising event on Friday 4th March.  All proceeds will go to support veterans within the charity’s three homes in North Wales.

The Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Reverend Nigel Williams said: “We are delighted to award the annual charity opportunity to Homes for Veterans.  They came up with such a different and imaginative suggestion for the use of the Cathedral that we wanted to support them.

“The Big Sleep will see supporters of Homes for Veterans spend the night in the Cathedral.”

Homes for Veterans is an initiative of Alabaré, a charity which has been caring for vulnerable people for 25 years by providing shelter, financial and emotional support.  Homes for Veterans was launched when the charity identified a need for bespoke homeless services for those in the Veteran community who were struggling to adjust to life in the civilian world.  The initiative now has 24 homes across Wales and the South West of England, including in Conwy, Llandudno Junction and Wrexham.

Homes for Veterans Community Fundraiser for North Wales and Cheshire, Andy Green said:  “We are a relatively new charity in North Wales but have been humbled by people’s generosity and passion for our cause so we are really hoping that the people of North Wales will stand behind us and help make the North Wales BIG Sleep a huge success”.

Homes for Veterans has run similar Big Sleep events in Salisbury Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral but this is the first time St Asaph has hosted such a fund raising activity.

To sign up and make a difference visit http://www.alabare.co.uk/event/the-big-sleep-north-wales or contact Andy Green via  a.green@alabare.co.uk