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Students raise awareness of sleeping rough

Mildenhall College Academy students will be taking part in a sleep-out in December to raise money for homeless charities.

Mildenhall College Academy students will be taking part in a sleep-out in December to raise money for homeless charities.

More than 80 students from Mildenhall College Academy will brave the cold tomorrow to take part in a challenge depicting what it is like to live rough.

Eighty six students, along with around a dozen members of staff will camp out in the grounds of the college’s Bury Road site for 12 hours to raise awareness of those sleeping on the streets along with raising money for homeless charity Shelter.

Orchestrating the idea, which is based on the annual Sleep Out event run by homeless charity Centre Point, is Daniel Mullen, the academy’s geography subject leader.

“The students have been magic in getting behind it as they are always looking for different ways to raise money for charity,” said Mr Mullen.

“We asked each of the students to raise £20 each, but they have all raised £25 each meaning we have collected more than £2000, which sends out quite a powerful message.”

It is not just the pupils that have embraced the concept with staff and other members of the community getting involved with the event which will run from 8pm to 8am, and feature live music, and outside film screenings.

“Some of the senior staff thought the idea was a bit bonkers but they have all given their full support to it,” said Mr Mullen.

“Many of them have offered to give up their time for nothing to help out on the night or provide equipment, while one member of staff will be performing in the band we have lined up.

“We have had several local businesses help us out to so it really is a community effort which is great.”

Should the event prove to be a success Mr Mullen, who has run similar events at previous schools, has indicated he would consider carrying out another one.

“Every time I have carried one of these out in the past they tended to get bigger and bigger as more people wanted to become involved,” said Mr Mullen.

“Some of the children in Years 7 and 8 at the Sheldrick Way site have brothers and sisters taking part in tomorrow’s event and they have asked whether there will be another one.

“If this one is successful then I can use it as a good blueprint to roll out one in the summer for those in the younger year groups.”

 

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