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Maidstone women arrange a three-day sleepover in hopper huts for charity

By Lydia Catling

Two women will sleep in hopper huts for a weekend to raise money for charity.

Mollie King, 26, and Charlie Davis, 19, will be having a three-night long sleepover in the brick buildings at The Museum of Kent Life.

The pair work together at the Kent Owl Academy based in the grounds of the museum on Lock Lane, Maidstone, and allow visitors to get up close and personal with owls, raptors and animals.

Kent Owl Academy staff members are going to sleep out in the Kent Life Musuem's hopper huts
Kent Owl Academy staff members are going to sleep out in the Kent Life Musuem's hopper huts

Miss King owns the business and Miss Davis is head keeper.

They hope to raise £500 for Mind Maidstone, an organisation that offers advice and support to those experiencing a mental health problem.

Their home for the weekend will be teeming with creepy crawlies and will be without electricity or heating.

Miss King, who has had her own struggles with mental health in the past, said: "We will be in darkness in the huts in support of those struggling to overcome their own dark places within their minds."

Mental health problems are something the owl academy owner is passionate about having suffered from depression her whole life.

The duo will be surrounded by spiders and creepy crawlies
The duo will be surrounded by spiders and creepy crawlies

Her anxiety was at all time high a few years ago when she weighed more than 18 stone.

She decided to make a change in her life and lost more than seven stone after she realised it was impacting her business.

She said: "I was so unhappy inside and out. My job is to make other people happy and I couldn't do that if I hated myself."

Miss King lost the weight by starting a strict diet and gym routine and said her weight loss has been life changing.

The duo will sleep on straw beds every night and say the main thing they are concerned about is whether the huts are waterproof. Miss King said they will taking their umbrellas just in case.

The shelters are replicas of those previously used by hop pickers in the early 20th century.

Whole families would travel to Kent for the hop picking season in the late summer and would stay in the small huts together.

If you would like to donate to their cause, head to their fundraising page.

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