Record number of Perse pupils sleep out for Emmaus
25 May 2021
A record number of Perse pupils took part in the annual Year 9 sponsored sleepout in aid of Emmaus Cambridge.
Ninety youngsters braved wet and windy conditions to bed down for the night at the Upper site to help raise more than £4,500 for the local charity.
They were visited by Emmaus Chief Executive Diane Docherty and Senior Support worker Debbie Jones, as well as two of the charity’s companions who had been helped off the streets. The Emmaus representatives brought snacks for those taking part and explained more about the work of the cause in providing meaningful work as well as a stable home for as long as required for people affected by homelessness.
Pupils also took part in a game where they had to earn enough ‘money’ to buy cardboard to sleep on by doing different tasks.
Perse Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie said: “It was the highest number of pupils we’ve ever had taking part in the sleepout, which is great.
“It was really cold, wet and windy, but it helped them experience what it can be like to be homeless and it’s great that they’ve been able to raise so much money for the charity.”
To donate to the Year 9 Emmaus appeal, click here.