Sir Richard spends night sleeping rough in Norwich
General Sir Richard Dannatt
, the new president of YMCA Norfolk
slept rough on the streets of Norwich
at the weekend to raise money for YMCA Norfolk and to get a glimpse into what life is like for the homeless.
The former head of the British Army was joined by Norfolk High Sheriff Charles Barratt and Judge Philip Curl and the trio raised more than £5,000 for the YMCA and other local charities and saw first hand what police officers and Norfolk Street Pastors get up to on a Saturday night in Norwich.
Sir Richard said: “We had an interesting evening on Prince of Wales Road, which was absolutely fascinating. We were with the police and the street pastors, doing a fantastic job.
“The thing which one noticed were that there were a lot of youngsters thoroughly enjoying themselves, but in the doorways there were a quite a sprinkling of people for whom life was not so good and they were homeless and I think that was the experience we wanted to share. It was our intention to draw some more attention to the homeless. “It begs the question why are they there, what more can we do?”
After a night sleeping in cardboard boxes in the churchyard of St Peter Mancroft, Sir Richard added: “I think we all appreciate the term rough sleeper a bit more.” He said in his role as YMCA Norfolk president his goal was to provide accommodation for some of those rough sleepers: “The people we saw out there who are homeless need a second chance. For some it is a third chance. We want to do what we can to get those folks off the street.”
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Pictured above are Judge Philip Curl, General Sir Richard Dannatt and High Sheriff Charles Barratt sleeping rough outside St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich. Picture courtesy of EDP24.