The Perse School

Year 9 ‘sleep-out’ for Emmaus

13 May 2014

Last weekend, pupils in Year 9 took part in the annual sponsored Emmaus ‘sleep-out’ where they committed themselves to sleeping in the open air around the School in order to experience for one night the reality of being homeless and sleeping on the streets.

The night began with a talk from Emmaus companions who spoke about their experiences of homelessness and how Emmaus changed their lives.

Pupils then gathered up their belongings and made their way around the School site to find a warm and dry place to sleep: pupils slept on the stairwell by the sports hall and even in gaps between classrooms.

Emmaus is a fantastic charity which offers people a home, work and a sense of belonging throughout the UK, giving its companions the opportunity to become part of and contribute to a community by working in one of their social enterprises, helping them overcome homelessness in the long term.

Pupils are still collecting sponsorship but are aiming to have raise over £1000 for Emmaus – well done to all who took part.


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