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Students sleep out to support Caritas Anchor House

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Students sleep out to support Caritas Anchor House

24th February 2017
Students at Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls’ School have raised over £650 for Caritas Anchor House by holding a sponsored sleep-out.

The Year 10 students were inspired to spend a night sleeping out in the school hall after learning about homelessness from a workshop delivered by the charity.

In taking part in the sleep-out, the student’s aim was to better understand the experiences of homeless people, and to raise funds for Caritas Anchor House which offers a home and support to up to 250 homeless people every year.

The sleep-out was an enjoyable experience for the students, but also one which opened their eyes to the difficulties and isolation faced by homeless people. Though the winter weather made the hall cold, the students benefitted from blankets and thick layered clothing – a luxury not all homeless people have.

“The sleepover was an amazing experience for us all; we were able to empathise with homeless people, and it really made me think about all the blessings I take for granted”, said Jumima, a student at Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls’ School.

The money raised will support Caritas Anchor House to continue its vital work in the London Borough of Newham, an area where one in every 27 people are homeless – the second highest in the country.

Caritas Anchor House works with those affected by homelessness, unemployment, mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse and offending. By providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation, they work to ensure each individual grows in confidence and gains vital life skills to ensure they do not become homeless again.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “We are very grateful for the continued support of Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls’ School, and the commitment of their students to help Caritas Anchor House.

“As Newham is an identified area of high homelessness, it is wonderful to see a local school engaging and raising awareness of it. I believe through community work such as this we can really tackle the problem of homelessness, and I look forward to continuing to work with Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls’ School.”

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