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Forest Gate school raises over £1,000 for homeless charity

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Forest Gate school raises over £1,000 for homeless charity

18th December 2015
A sponsored sleepout and Winter Bazaar by students at Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls’ School, Forest Gate, has raised £1,350 for homeless charity Caritas Anchor House.

Following on from a workshop given by the charity, the Year 10 pupils were inspired to swap their warm beds for sleeping bags on the floor of the school hall to better understand the experiences of homeless people, and to raise funds for their local homeless charity.

The sleepout was an enjoyable but eye-opening event for the students, and made them realise how difficult and isolating it is to be homeless.

Samiira, a student who took part, said, “During the sleepout, as a group we had a lot of fun. However, it would have been horrible to know how it would have been if we were alone – many homeless people have lost their family and loved ones.”

Though the winter weather made the hall cold, the students benefitted from blankets and jumpers – a luxury not all homeless people have. “Unfortunately, a lot of homeless people do not have access to the warm clothing that we had throughout the night, or many of the things we take for granted”, said Samiira.

The sleepout was followed by a Winter Bazaar held at the school, where food, drink and clothes were sold to raise funds for the charity.

The money raised from both events will be donated to Caritas Anchor House, based in Canning Town, and will go towards helping them support those affected by homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, domestic abuse and offending. The funds will come at Christmas, a time which can often be a painful reminder of family separations or loneliness for homeless people.

Mohammed Asif, Headteacher at Quwwat Ul Islam Girls School, said, “Charity is very important to our school, so it was great to be able to hold these two events and raise money for a charity really making a difference to our community.”

“Our students were inspired to help Caritas Anchor House after learning more about homelessness in the workshop, and I’m very proud of them for raising the funds, and also awareness, of homelessness. We look forward to supporting Caritas Anchor House in future with more exciting events”.

Keith Fernett, CEO of Caritas Anchor House, said “It’s wonderful to see young people so engaged with local issues. In the current economic climate, the problem of homelessness is more pressing than ever and communities must work together to support those most in need.”

If you would like to make a donation to Caritas Anchor House and give a gift of hope this Christmas, please visit their website


Jazmine Sandison, Communications Lead
Caritas Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062


Caritas Anchor House is a homelessness charity, providing residential and life skills services for single homeless adults, and acts as a community empowerment hub in Newham, East London. The charity’s driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation. The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham. Registered charity no: 1147794

Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls’ School is based in Forest Gate, Newham, and caters for pupils from reception to the end of Year 11, teaching the National Curriculum Subjects as well as providing an Islamic education. Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls’ School celebrates diversity and accepts from children of all faiths and backgrounds.