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What are you doing, and why are you bothering me?
Sooner or later, those of you who know me relatively well should receive an email from me about raising money for St Michael's Church roof.  I'm trying to contact 1000 people that I've known throughout my life, on the basis that if everybody gave 1, I'd easily make 1000.  So far, I've reached 188 people, but I've not got email addresses for all of them, and some of the emails are bouncing... It's a long shot!  Anyway, this is a request for money from those of you I haven't emailed at all or haven't emailed yet.  I wondered if you might consider sponsoring me as follows...

How are you planning to raise money?
A number of friends and I are trying to raise money for the roof of St Michael's Church Camden Town by sleeping on the church roof itself (or rather, on a pile of erected scaffolding surrounding the roof) and by asking for sponsorship for doing so.  We have to raise 100,000 ourselves for English Heritage to release the money that they've promised us to repair the roof. 

How long will you spend on the roof?
For each 1000 I raise, I plan to spend one night on the roof.  Consequently, I'm asking for donations before the event itself.

But I don't like churches... I don't want to give you money.  Why is this any different?
I know that some people have reservations about giving money to certain churches... Since this is my workplace, I can vouch that it's a space that's open for the entire community (irrespective of race, religion, background etc.).  We're one of the few buildings in Camden to provide shelter for the homeless all of the way through the year.  We serve the whole community - refugees, older people, children, the mentally ill etc. with a variety of projects.  If you really don't want to give money, I won't hold it against you!

I have no money.  Is it ok to only give you a small amount?
Absolutely.  I've asked people to consider a minimum donation of 3.

How do I give you money online so that you can claim tax back on it?
To donate money, please visit:  http://www.justgiving.com/angelarayner  We can claim the tax back if you fill in the details on the form you'll be presented.

How do I find out more information about this project?
To find out more about the project, please visit: http://www.anightonthetiles.org

I don't want to release my details online.  How else can I give money?
If you would rather not donate online and would rather pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to "St Michael's Church" and send c/o Angela Rayner, The Basement, 191 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 9NH .  Alternatively, you can visit me in London and give me cash, which I can give to the church, but I'd rather a cheque went straight to the church.

Urgh.  I hate sponsoring people and I wish they'd stop asking.  Why won't everybody just go away and leave me alone?
I don't know why they won't leave you alone.  Maybe it's because they think you might be a wealthy graduate.  This is the first time that I've asked for sponsorship since the year 2000 so I don't regularly bother people in this way.  I would rather give money to people than ask for it and since my friends are now scattered across the country, I view this as similar to being asked for spare change in the pub.

Is there anything else that you want to say?  You are verbose!
I'm sorry, I know.  If you work in the media, please tell people who might be interested about this stunt.  If you don't give money, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for reading this page!

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