The Perse School

Perse pupils hold sponsored sleep-out for Emmaus

19 Jun 2018

More than 60 Year 9 pupils experienced what life is like for rough sleepers during sponsored sleep-outs to raise funds for homelessness charity Emmaus.

Half of the pupils took part last month, with the remainder sleeping out in the open air around The Perse at the weekend.

They have raised £5,375 for the cause, which helps people work their way out of homelessness by providing meaningful work for them as well as a stable home for as long as they need it.

Emmaus companions from the organisation’s Cambridge branch came along to both events to provide support, advice, food, drink and blankets to the pupils, just as they would to help rough sleepers in the city. They also told their own stories about their experiences on the streets and how the charity had helped turn their lives around.

The sponsored sleep-outs follow on from Year 9 learning about homelessness in tutorials.

Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie said: “It gave those who took part an insight into the reality of sleeping on the streets.

“Spending time with the Emmaus companions and hearing their stories was important for the pupils and we are pleased they have been able to raise this amount for such a good cause.”

To donate to the Year 9 Emmaus appeal, click here.

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