Why I slept under the stars to support CEO Sleepout Durham 2018

I was scrolling through Facebook one night in January when I came across CEO Sleepout UK. My team of amazing Tempest students and instructors had previously raised money for DASH who support those at risk of homelessness in Durham, so without thinking too much about what I had to do I signed up. Then came the fun part; I realised that I had two challenges ahead. To raise a whopping £1000 in donations and to actually sleep outside (I detest camping). However, as I contacted Bianca to confirm my place and to ask if some funds I raise may go to DASH alongside the other great charities in Durham, I realised there was no turning back. At Tempest we had raffles, secret auctions, a ghost hunt, a play day and other fund raising events. Team Tempest, along with family and friends, were so generous in their giving and as far as I can tell, with offline donations and gift aid included, we...
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Team Tempest were more generous than the ghosts!

Our first Charity Ghost Hunt took place last night, in aid of Durham homelessness charities and we were left high in spirits despite Vane Tempest Hall lacking in spirits! Armed with torches and a good sense of humour, twelve intrepid amateur ghost hunters gathered at 9pm in the sports hall to do a group call out. The spirits at first seemed to be very responsive to our questions, until we realised the taps we were hearing were actually drips of rain into a bucket!! A few of us witnessed a figure in white on the door to the kitchen area which we couldn’t explain, and it seemed to go in and out of focus.  We also had the distinct feeling of being watched; CCTV has been recently installed. In unit 6 we attempted to contact the spirits via a Ouija board and we appeared to contact someone called Ed. Could it have been someone called Edward?  The glass only seemed to move...
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