Six days and nights in a ShelterBox tent by Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port raises over £7000

December 22nd, 2013 by Richard Lord

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan outside the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port on a windy and wet Saturday night (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan outside the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port on a windy and wet Saturday night (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith, Bridge2Philippines founder, said the ShelterBox tent set-up by the side of the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port to raise awareness of the fund raising appeal for the people of the Philippines who had suffered such extensive damage to their communities from Typhoon Haiyan, had been a great success.

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan inside the ShelterBox tent on Josh's last night in the tent (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan inside the ShelterBox tent on Josh’s last night in the tent (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan spent six nights in the tent, which stood up to strong winds and occasional heavy rainfall.

Many Guernsey residents and visitors walked by the tent on their way to or from their cars parked at the North Beach car park.

Josh Le Moignan and Sarah Griffith thanked the generosity of the Guernsey people who during the week donated a total at last count of £7550 to Bridge2Philippines.

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan acknowledge a supporter (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan acknowledge a supporter on Sunday morning 22 December 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh exhibited tremendous stamina as he received very little sleep during his six nights in the tent.

Although he drank large quantities of coffee, he said it was the generosity of the people of Guernsey that really inspired and motivated him to keep going. He also thanked his friends and other visitors to the tent who kept him company.

How many people can stand comfortably in a ShelterBox tent? (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

How many people can stand comfortably in a ShelterBox tent? (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Although the tent was spacious and relatively comfortable, being by the Weighbridge Clock Tower was noisy because of the almost continuous traffic and the occasional friendly late night reveller.

Happy to be dry during a deluge (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Happy to be dry during a deluge (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

During the week, candles burning inside an upturned clay pot provided a little warmth in the tent, and battery powered lights swayed and dangled from the tent’s ceiling.

Josh Le Moignan's father and sister squeezed into the ShelterBox tent too (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan’s father and sister squeezed into the ShelterBox tent too (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith hoped to use a ShelterBox tent again next year perhaps in a different Guernsey location to further raise awareness of the work that needs to be done to help those who have suffered such losses from severe weather and earthquakes get back to normality.

Getting warm and humid without opening the tent's vents (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Getting warm and humid without opening the tent’s vents (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

During the week many visitors had remarked how spacious the interior of the tent was, so to end Josh’s ShelterBox tent stay, a challenge was set to see how many people could fit inside it.

Fifty-five people and three dogs comfortably stood inside the ShelterBox tent (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Fifty-five people and three dogs comfortably stood inside the ShelterBox tent (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith said that in some disaster situations up to ten people sleep in the tent.

The challenge, covered by ITV Channel Television and The Guernsey Press, resulted in fifty-five people and three dogs comfortably standing inside the tent.

The ShelterBox tent was quickly dismantled in the returning sunshine (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Family and friends help Josh Le Moignan quickly dismantle the ShelterBox tent in the returning sunshine (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

With so many people inside the tent, the air warmed up quickly and condensation soon formed although the tent has vents to allow air to circulate.

Family and friends help Josh Le Moignan fold up the tent fabric (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Family and friends help Josh Le Moignan fold up the tent fabric (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

While there was standing room only inside the tent, the heavens opened up and a deluge of rain fell, but by the time people walked out, blue sky and sunshine had returned.

Mike Carter who joined the Bridge2Philippines cause several weeks ago and accompanied Josh Le Moignan during several days in the tent pushes the tent fabric into its bag (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Mike Carter who joined the Bridge2Philippines cause several weeks ago and accompanied Josh Le Moignan during several days in the tent pushes the tent fabric into its bag (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith said the money raised would all go to help the people in the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan.

Josh Le Moignan by spending six nights in a ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower has raised the profile of the work of Bridge2Philippines and by his fund raising work has brought some relief to the Filipino people who lost so much from the devastating typhoon Haiyan (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan by spending six nights in a ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port has raised the profile of the work of Bridge2Philippines and by his fund raising effort has helped bring some relief to the Filipino people who lost so much from the devastating typhoon Haiyan (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Some of the money would be spent on supplying more ShelterBoxes and the rest of the money would go into a general fund to purchase more relief supplies.

 

1 Response to “Six days and nights in a ShelterBox tent by Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port raises over £7000”

  1. sarah griffith

    what a superb article Richard – thank you!

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