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‘The Big Sleep Out’ Charity Night Raises Homeless Awareness

Over 150 staff and students from Newton Abbot College spent the night sleeping under the stars to help raise awareness and money for the College’s chosen charity for the academic year, Julian House. 

The event saw students spending the night on the College fields, with only a sleeping bag and cardboard to use as a makeshift mattress, to try and recreate the experience of homeless people all across the country and the conditions they face every night. Students made a set donation to take part in the event, with others fundraising separately to increase the total; an incredible £523.50 was raised that will go towards the College’s £10k fundraising target for Julian House, a regional South West charity set up to offer direct support to the homeless, as well as offering training and preparation for employment. 

Students were only allowed a sleeping bag and cardboard for cover
Students were only allowed a sleeping bag and cardboard for cover

The event was the brainchild of Year 10 students, Meghan Wiles and Aiden Wood: “Aiden and I came up with the idea in tutor time. We wanted to create an event that raised money and awareness of their situation and gave students a glimpse into life as a homeless person. It is a terrible fact that homelessness exists in our society.”

College Deputy Principal and Fundraising Lead, Katherine West said: “We are so grateful to all of our students and Julian House for their support of this event. After a long spell of dry weather, our students had to deal with a lot of rain in the night, with less than ideal conditions. It really highlighted how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads. Thank you to everyone who took part and for the incredible amount raised for such a brilliant charity as Julian House.”