The Bishop of Lincoln will partly recreate the nativity scene as he spends a lonely December night in a stable to raise money for two charities.
The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson will sleep in the stable on the farm of Peter Mottram, near Harmston, to support the work of the Nomad Trust - a homeless charity in Lincoln, and Christian Aid’s Favela project in South America.
He hopes other people will follow his example and take on the challenge. He says: “By doing this I hope to discover some of the harsh realities of the experience of Mary and Joseph - and hundreds of people around the country who have no bed in which to sleep.”
With a sleeping bag and flask, the Bishop will spend the long night of December 20 sleeping on straw bales.
Peter Mottram said: “There’s only so much draught-proofing we can do in a stable, and we can’t guarantee that our straw is particularly soft, but we hope very much the Bishop will get some rest, especially as he will be doing this during a very busy season of carol services and his preparations for Christmas.”
The Bishop is encouraging farmers and landowners to ‘rent’ their stables to people willing to copy his example. Contact Jennifer Dyke on 01522 504036.
To sponsor the Bishop, visit: www.charitygiving.co.uk/stablesleepout