Sleepout highlights plight of homeless

Young people sleeping out to raise awareness and funds for homeless youngsters'Pictured are Peter Elsdon-Dean, Kat Webb, Jemma Vine, Charlie Blackbourn-Smith, Ceri Foster  and Breannain Jakes.
Young people sleeping out to raise awareness and funds for homeless youngsters'Pictured are Peter Elsdon-Dean, Kat Webb, Jemma Vine, Charlie Blackbourn-Smith, Ceri Foster and Breannain Jakes.

A group of teenagers have been experiencing a taste of what it would be like to be a homeless youngster after sleeping out two nights in Newmarket.

The 16 and 17-year-olds have been taking part in the National Citizens Service programme and have been focusing on the plight of homeless people.

Students from Newmarket Academy were joined by other young people from Mildenhall and Brandon and endured a rainy night on Monday on the school field.

One of the organisers, Ceri Foste, 16, who has just completed her GCSEs, said: ”I’ve been camping but this is completely different. The hardest thing has been dealing with the weather and I’m wearing three layers of clothing, We had to sleep in tents on Monday night because of the rain.”

The young people are raising funds for the Newmarket-based Open Door chairity which supports homeless youngsters. All proceeds from the sleepout will go to the charity.

The NCS programme also included an outward bound course and lifeskills coaching.