Town camping stunt raises thousands for charity
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A man who spent a week in a tent in a town centre in Wiltshire has raised thousands for a disaster charity.

Terry Williams, from the Swindon North Rotary Club, spent seven nights in an emergency tent from charity ShelterBox in Highworth's Market Place last month.

The 62-year-old’s original target was to raise £3,000 for ShelterBox and £1,000 for EndPolioNow but by the end of the cold week he had raised over £6,000.

During the week, Terry received a vast amount of support and welcomed many visitors into his ‘temporary home’ to speak to them about ShelterBox.

Two of these people each donated the full cost of a ShelterBox. Members of the Swindon Rotary Club divided up the weekdays into two hour slots to support him with three members even spending the night there.

The local vicar called in one evening and gave Terry a bottle of wine and a glass.

Mr Williams said despite "a few disturbed nights" it had been "a good experience".

In the run up to the event, Mr Williams spent several nights sleeping in his garden in temperatures as low as -10C (14F) in preparation for the challenge.

And during the seven night camp-out, which ended on 25 February, he received support from local businesses.
Breakfast and lunch were delivered by two cafes while dinner was provided by restaurants in the area.

Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK General Manager, said: ‘On behalf of everybody at ShelterBox, I would like to thank Terry for carrying out this innovative challenge that has raised both vital funds and awareness. We wish him our warmest congratulations and are pleased for him that the rain held off.’

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