Teachers brave rainstorm for Homeless UK

Forrdingbridge Junior School sleep out teachers Philip Denton and Carla Laney receive their first visitors Megan and Charlotte. DC5291P1

Forrdingbridge Junior School sleep out teachers Philip Denton and Carla Laney receive their first visitors Megan and Charlotte. DC5291P1 Buy this photo

First published in New Forest News

THREE teachers from Fordingbridge Junior School braved the elements to raise money for Homeless UK.

Children from Year 6 built a makeshift shelter from cardboard in the school grounds for teachers Philip Denton, Carla Laney and Anne Ringrose plus Bella the dog to experience life without a permanent home for a few hours.

The event was part of the school’s Make a Difference Challenge, a project run by the Citizenship Foundation, to raise awareness of homelessness. The challenge was cut short after torrential rain.

Mr Denton said: “The boredom was broken by a stream of Year 6 pupils, who came to visit us and lend some support.

“By the end we were thoroughly soaked, uncomfortable and glad to be going back to our warm houses. The experience has certainly made us think more about the difficulties faced by homeless people.”

Pupils asked parents to donate food for the Trussell Trust in return for wearing non-uniform, and brought in cakes to sell to raise funds.

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