Cardboard box beds and soup kitchen queues - students to raise homelessness awareness with school sleepout

A group of year 7 students from Pakefield High School will be taking part in a 'sleepout' to raise a

A group of year 7 students from Pakefield High School will be taking part in a 'sleepout' to raise awareness about the realities of homelessness. Picture: Courtesy of Lee Johnson - Credit: Archant

A group of students are set to highlight the effects of homelessness by taking part in their very own sleepout.

The idea came about after year 7s at Pakefield High School approached their teachers to ask whether they could do something to raise money for a homelessness charity.

In partnership with Access Community Trust, it was decided that students will spend the night at school on February 9 - armed with just a cardboard box and sleeping bag - to raise awareness about the realities of sleeping rough.

Students will receive a presentation from Access residents who have previously been homeless, before queuing at a soup kitchen and then bedding down for the night.

To give them a more accurate representation of life on the streets, those taking part have been instructed not to eat prior to the event.

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Lee Johnson, arts and culture education coordinator for Access Community Trust, said: 'This is a great opportunity for young people to experience what it's like to be homeless.

'Although students will be sleeping within the school, we'll try to make the whole experience as real as possible.

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'In addition, Access Community Trust has also asked some of its residents who have been homeless to attend and share their own personal experiences with the students.'

Access Community Trust are hoping this event will lead to a wider homelessness project in East Suffolk schools.

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