THE DIARY: Sleep worshippers take over Cathedral for kip in the crypt

Youngsters, from left, Hazel Joel, Ellie and Francesca Machon, of Totley, and Katie Moore, of Dore, who will take part in a sleepover at Sheffield Cathedral. All are aged 11.
Youngsters, from left, Hazel Joel, Ellie and Francesca Machon, of Totley, and Katie Moore, of Dore, who will take part in a sleepover at Sheffield Cathedral. All are aged 11.
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IT could be called a snooze in the pews or a kip in the crypt.

Sheffield Cathedral is to hold it’s first ever sleep-over for children this weekend - but, frankly, there’ll probably not be much sleeping.

“We’ve said lights out will be 11pm,” says organiser Tracy Viner. “But I’m fully aware that’s probably wishful thinking. I’m preparing myself for not much shut-eye.”

The sponsored pyjama party - which will see youngsters given permission to sleep in the aisles, the pews or, for brave souls, the crypt of St George’s Chapel - is a fund-raiser for homeless charity the Cathedral Archer Project.

It will include story-telling by staff, a special visit from Radio Sheffield DJ Rony Robinson and a tour of the 15th century building itself.

“We wanted to do something to celebrate Sheffield Children’s Festival,” says Tracy, fund-raising manager with CAP. “And this seemed a lovely way to do that. We’ve already had 50 youngsters sign up so it’s certainly caught the imagination - but we’re looking for more.”

The party starts at 7.30pm, children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is required. Details at www.archerproject.org.uk