O n a cold Saturday, 18th November, 36 boys and 5 staff participated in a Sleep Out fundraiser to help raise awareness and funds for the London and Slough Run. This charity, founded in 1984, provides support for the homeless. During the coldest months of the year, it operates the Slough Winter Night Shelter, which takes in rough sleepers and provides safe, warm accommodation and a good meal for the night in a caring, friendly environment.
The sleepers were tasked with creating their own sleeping areas, using cardboard, sleeping mats, and sleeping bags for warmth. They were provided with sandwiches and hot soup and drinks at night, and bacon rolls and hot drinks in the morning, just as the rough sleepers taken in by the Shelter are. The boys whiled away the hours until bedtime by playing board games such as Articulate!, and also heard a talk by John Power, Chairman of the London and Slough Run, who provided the participants with background information about the charity, and updates on the outstanding work they continue to do for the homeless in the area.
In total, £3,927.50 was raised by the dedicated efforts of the boys and staff who participated. These proceeds will go far in supporting the operations of the Slough Winter Night Shelter this year.