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Charity champ raises £3,000 from Summer Solstice sleep-out in porch of Great St Mary's Church, Sawbridgeworth



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Intrepid charity champion Diana Jones braved a chilly Summer Solstice evening to sleep out in a church porch for her latest fundraising venture.

Diana, of Sayes Gardens, Sawbridgeworth, has raised around £20,000 over the years from various charity stunts, including abseils, white water rafting and a sponsored silence last year.

Last Monday (June 21) she slept on the cold ground in the porch of Great St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, from 10pm to 8am and so far has raised nearly £3,000 for the International Liberty Association.

“There was a chilly, withering little wind coming through the wrought iron gate,” said Diana, who admitted the hourly chime of the church clock did not help her to sleep.

Diana Jones slept out in the porch at the church to raise funds for charity. Pic: Vikki Lince. (48678638)
Diana Jones slept out in the porch at the church to raise funds for charity. Pic: Vikki Lince. (48678638)

Diana chose to raise funds for the International Liberty Association, a charity which promotes respect for human rights in Iran and the Middle East.

“I have been supporting them for several years, since their twin values of fighting for justice and compassion appeal to me strongly,” said Diana.



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