Newmarket students heard first-hand about the problems of homelessness from two of the workers at a Cambridge night shelter.
Emma Hyde and Barry Griffiths from the city’s Jimmy’s Night Shelter visited Newmarket Academy to talk about the charity’s work. Mr Griffiths told the Year 9 pupils of the particular pressures faced during the winter and how staff at the night shelter will provide around 40 meals for guests on Christmas Day.
Staff and pupils donated blankets and sleeping bags which Jimmy’s will distribute to those for whom there will be no room at the charity’s East Road, premises, together with some chocolate Christmas treats and other gifts. English teacher Graham Wigley said: “It’s terrific, but not surprising, to see pupils at the academy showing their strong social conscience. As Christmas approaches they will also be raising money for Save the Children, Jeans for Genes and Teenage Cancer Trust charities through a non-uniform Christmas jumpers day and by raffling a number of hampers which will be filled with goods donated by pupils.”