Caring Arthur Terry School students swapped their beds for cardboard boxes and sleeping bags on Friday 31 March, to raise money – and awareness – for national and local homelessness.
Students and staff joined more than 60 businesses and other schools to sleep ‘rough’ at Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch shopping centre. The evening – which began with two music sets from talented Arthur Terry students – was designed to support the YMCA’s crucial work in supporting local homeless people. Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell and local councillors also supported the event.
Alexander Zarifeh, director of sixth form (enrichment & personal development) at Arthur Terry School said:
Building upon our Christmas campaign supporting a local women’s refuge, Arthur Terry sixth formers identified growing homelessness both nationally and locally as an issue they wanted to contribute to.
In partnership with YMCA event organiser Alan Burrows, students raised both money and awareness of rough sleeping in our town, city and beyond. The money will go to support YMCA’s crucial work with local homeless people and by sleeping on hard floors, albeit for just one night, students will perceive differently those who find themselves isolated and vulnerable on our streets.”