Big Sleep Out Aids Charity

A group of 23 staff and students from The Sixth Form College, Solihull braved the cold to sleep outside for homeless charity St Basils recently.

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The challenge took place on Friday 14 October, with participants each given a cardboard box and a piece of plastic sheeting to make a shelter to sleep in outside in the College car park. To keep everyone warm, there was a bonfire, as well as lashings of hot tea and soup.

St Basils are the beneficiaries of this activity, with staff and students collecting sponsorship. The final count is still being tallied, but approximately £300 has been raised in donations so far.

St Basil’s work with young people aged 16-25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They help over 5,000 young people every year across Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Worcestershire and Coventry. Their services include accommodation schemes, homelessness prevention and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives. This includes developing the skills they need to stand on their own two feet, get training and find employment.

Mike Padbury is Assistant Principal at the College and he helped to organise the event. He sai:

“This is a great cause and we are delighted to support St Basil’s who do such brilliant work for the homeless in the region. As staff and students, we are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads, but this sleep out can at least give us all a flavour of what it is like to sleep rough.

“We did this event for the first time back in 2014 and we were excited to get involved again. We were fortunate with the weather, as there was no more than a few drops of rain. Staff and students worked really hard to build shelters, some of which were more effective than others! We must thank our sponsors, the Co-operative Food store in Solihull and Tesco’s Solihull Extra for donations of boxes, plastic and vouchers/food items. Despite the cold, everyone was determined to enjoy themselves and got into the spirit of the event.”

24 October 2016