Sponsored sleep out for the homeless
On a cold and damp evening on Saturday 7th December 2019, 24 people arrived at RAF Shawbury for a sponsored sleep out. The sleep out was in support of homeless people. Part of the group were four boys from Thomas Adams School (Joseph Munro, Asher Smith, Abner Smith and Lucas Smith).
We met Carol from the charity Barnabus. Carol gave us a briefing and showed us some videos of homeless people being interviewed. Some are now off the streets and in their homes, thanks to the charity. She told us how the money we raise will help vulnerable people to go to their centre. At the centre, have a hot shower and eat some breakfast. If needed, they can meet the nurse and receive support for their faith. It is all about the first step for them to get the support they need.
Then, we all set up our space outside ready for the night ahead. We had cardboard boxes, sleeping bags and waterproof bags to keep the sleeping bags dry. After a warm hot chocolate, we felt the first spots of rain, so everyone climbed into their beds. It was a cold night with heavy rain. The sleeping bags ended up moist due to the condensation. I woke with a cold head as my hat had fallen off.
At 6.00 am we packed up feeling very grateful that we were able to go home in the warm and dry. But it made us all very aware that there are many homeless people on the streets that don’t have that option.
So far our team of 24 people have raised over £2500!
All money goes to Shrewsbury Ark and Barnabus in Manchester.
Headteacher, Mr Mark Cooper, added “this is an excellent thing to do, raising a fantastic amount for both charities”.
(Report written by Joseph Munro, Year 8)