While the traditional Black Santa gathered donations in front of St Anne’s, elsewhere another Anglican churchman had similar ideas.
Rev Willie Nixon, rector of the Parish Church of St Patrick, Drumbeg, was yesterday attempting to complete a full 24 hours on the street in a bid to gather both money and food.
He camped at the end of the Malone Road from 8pm on Sunday night until 8pm last night.
He said their target was “a couple of thousand pounds”, and by 3pm they had collected over £1,100. The charity for which they were raising money was the Simon Community, but they were also taking donations of edible goods for the Storehouse food bank.
“We’ve had no sleep at all,” he said. “It obviously was very cold and wet and we were drowned rats by the morning. But it was worth it.”
News Letter columnist Liam Beckett is also engaged in his own Black Santa fundraising effort at the Diamond, Ballymoney to raise cash for five charities.
His sit-out will continue until Christmas Eve.