MORE than 60 students and members of staff at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning spent a night sleeping outside to raise money for a homelessness charity
MORE than 60 students and members of staff at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning spent a night sleeping outside to raise money for a homelessness charity.
The sixth-form students camped on the school tennis court on Friday for the school?s annual ?sleep out? in aid of Launchpad in Reading.
Students arrived with sleeping bags and flasks of hot drinks and made a bonfire from cardboard to keep themselves warm.
Huw Evans, 17, said: ?Although we were lucky enough to have a fire, it was really hard to get warm and it made us appreciate how hard it must be to live on the streets, especially in winter.?
Organiser Maria Blackwell said: ?I?m very proud of the students that participated. It?s not an easy thing to do but we choose to do it at this time of the year so the students can fully experience what it?s like to sleep outside in the cold.
?After the sleep out we had in 2009, one of the participants came up to me and said, ?I will never walk past a homeless person and look at them in the same way again.? If it makes them think twice about the situation, then I?ve done my job.?
Earlier in the week, students and staff raised more than £400 with a dodgeball competition and doughnut sale and another £500 from people who paid £1 to wear a Christmas jumper.
The school expects to raise more than £3,500 overall.