Homelessness charity helped by Perse pupils sleeping out

More than 70 Year 9 pupils took part in a sleepout to raise money for Emmaus Cambridge.

They laid their heads down for the night around the Perse Upper site to raise more than £4,350 for the local homelessness charity.

Six Emmaus staff and companions – formerly homeless people who have been helped by the charity – came along to tell the pupils about the work of the charity and share their experiences of living on the streets, as well as giving advice and snacks to those taking part.

A group of eight Sixth Form volunteers also supported the sleepout, as pupils participated in a game where they had to earn ‘money’ to buy cardboard to sleep by doing different tasks.

Perse Charities Co-ordinator Emma Kenzie said: “The pupils had some really good conversations with the companions and it was fantastic they raised so much for the charity.

“We got lucky with the weather, but I think some of them got zero sleep after bedding down around the site!”

You can still donate to the Year 9 sponsored sleepout appeal by clicking here.


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