Students set to raise over £2500 for ‘The Big Sleep Out’ 2019
Over 70 students braved a cold night outside under canvas, on behalf of the ‘World’s Big Sleep Out’.
Bohunt’s ‘Big Sleep Out’ on December 6, a day earlier than the global live event, took place on the field at Bohunt School. Students camped out with nothing but a tent for protection, experiencing the cold December temperatures that many endure on our streets each night.
To date, an impressive charity collection on the Bohunt Sixth Form fundraising page has reached £2245. This money will be spent on vital food, clothing and temporary accommodation by Social Bite, the charity behind The Big Sleep Out.
Last year over 10,000 people worldwide took part in The Big Sleep Out. This year the Big Sleep Out global campaign aims to reach 50,000 people, hoping to raise a staggering $50,000,000 worldwide for homelessness and refugee causes. Social Bite has staged fundraising sleep-out events around the world, from the iconic Times Square in New York to Trafalgar Square, London.
Sixth Form student Iris said,
“Over the summer the BBC’s One Show did a short piece on The Big Sleep Out and homelessness. This is where I got the idea for Bohunt to have one too (as it’s happening globally). Homelessness is a growing problem and I’m sure most feel helpless or uncomfortable when faced with it, so I’m pleased our sleep out has generated awareness and highlighted a way for people to help with this issue”.
Head of Sixth Form Clare Hodgson said, “I am immensely proud of our students in the Sixth Form. Estimates from the charity Shelter put the number of homeless people in Britain at 320,000. Our brilliant students, quite rightly, feel that this number is unacceptable and wanted to join a global movement that offers not only practical help, but also raises awareness of the issue. They experienced what life without a warm bed is like for one night, enabling them to have a glimpse of what it means to be homeless in winter. Students, parents and staff have raised an incredible sum of money and we are keen to make this an annual event. ”
Bohunt Sixth Form is Bohunt Education Trust’s first sixth form, situated on the Bohunt School site and opened in 2017. In 2019, its first cohort of A Level students achieved remarkable results with a third of all students achieving A*or A, two thirds at grades A* – B and 88% achieved A* – C.
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