Twenty-seven Bennett students, supported by nine staff members, braved the wet and cold weather of the night of Friday 4th November to hold a sponsored Sleep Out to raise money for the charity Porchlight which works with the homeless in Kent. We spent the evening constructing our “cardboard city dwellings” which were to be our beds for the night. We were fortunate enough to have plenty of thermal layers, thick sleeping bags, cardboard and waterproof covers to ensure that we didn’t get hypothermia. Most importantly we had a safe place to sleep in, outside the Sixth Form Centre, and companions to be with.
As part of our evening had a workshop from Porchlight, learning more about the realities of what it is like to be a homeless person in Kent. We soon realised that our “homeless” experience, although it was cold and tough, was nothing in comparison to the dangers and challenges that a young homeless person faces on the streets. This gave us even more motivation to be determined to raise as much money as we can for Porchlight and to stick with the Sleep Out right until morning.
Our thanks to the school canteen for supplying us with baked potatoes for our evening meal, and our survivors’ breakfast of croissants and bacon butties was generously donated by Bliss Café, the community café in Southborough.
Despite the cold, everyone who took part really enjoyed the Sleep Out, especially working together to construct our cardboard sleeping dens. Zak and Sam won the prize for the best constructed two person den, and Gideon the prize for the single den.
There is still the opportunity to sponsor the event, either via our online giving page, or by bringing your donations to the Finance Office at school. Our online giving page has raised over £1,777 and we haven’t collected in all the sponsorship forms yet.