On Thursday 17th July, 29 students from Years 8 - 12 took part in the Wilson’s School Sleep Out, spending the night sleeping at school under the stars in the courtyard with no shelter.
The goal was to raise as much money as possible for Centrepoint, a charity which aims to combat youth homelessness and is also the school’s chosen charity for 2021 - 22. The Sleep Out campaign is Centrepoint’s primary fundraising approach, allowing students and teachers alike to do their bit to support homeless youths who face the prospect of living on the streets of the UK. Nonetheless, the event was riddled with fun activities, such as board games, quizzes, pizza and even a showing of Jurassic Park later in the evening, all while maintaining the spirit and aims of the Sleep Out through a series of well-placed Centrepoint-themed documentary clips during the evening.
As the night went on, the students and teachers began to settle into their sleeping bags upon the cold and hard concrete floor of the courtyard. Falling asleep at almost 12:30am (mostly!), everyone woke up only 4 or 5 hours later, but despite this we were ready for the school day ahead. Many of the students also wished the Headmaster a happy birthday as he turned 42 on Friday, nobly giving up some of his special day to help raise money for Centrepoint. All in all, the event was a huge success, with the students raising over £5,800 to go towards the school’s fundraising total for the year. A huge thank you to all those who took part, organised the event and sponsored those involved!
Article by Srihith, Year 10