Monday 23 May 2016

Students sleep out to raise money for Emmaus Cambridge

The Perse School students

Perse School students swapped their warm beds for a night on the streets to raise money for Emmaus Cambridge.

36 students from Year nine took part in the sponsored sleep-out and raised more than £2,300 for the charity. The night saw the students complete a range of tasks including creating artwork on the pavement in order to receive tokens for food and drink and finding a suitable place to sleep for the night in the school grounds. Five companions from Emmaus Cambridge also joined the students for the sleep-out and shared their stories and experiences of homelessness.

Ian, a companion at Emmaus Cambridge said:I was part of the group that attended this year’s sleep-out to give the students an insight in to what it is like to sleep rough and the challenges you face being homeless. The students were very engaged and it was great to see the students take the tasks they were given seriously”.

Jonathan Black, a student from Perse School commented: “The experience certainly made us more aware of the struggles that homeless people face and we believe that Emmaus in Cambridge is doing a fantastic job to reduce homelessness. We would like to thank the charity for coming and explaining their stories so openly and we hope we have played our part to help eradicate homelessness.”

Deputy Head (Extra-Curricular) Sarah Richardson said: “The sleep-out provided Perse pupils with a unique insight into the work of Emmaus, and the highlight was undoubtedly the visit of the companions who were movingly honest about their life stories.  This experience brought home to pupils the nature of the challenges faced by those who find themselves homeless, and will certainly be an experience that pupils will remember for a long time.”

This is the ninth year that The Perse School has held a sponsored sleep-out to support the work at Emmaus Cambridge

Diane Doherty, Chief Executive at Emmaus Cambridge commented: “We are very grateful for the continued support and donations we receive from The Perse School. It is very encouraging to see that the students are willing to actively involve themselves in helping those in need”.

Emmaus Cambridge supports 38 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home in a community setting and meaningful work within one of the charity’s social enterprises.