Notre Dame Students show solidarity with Homeless

On Oct 18th 24 Notre Dame students volunteered to sleep outside in the Notre Dame car park in order to raise awareness of over 1 million people classed as homeless in the UK today. They were accompanied by staff members Miss Case, Ms Crick and College chaplain Andrew Sullivan. Students arrived at 8pm on what was definitely a dark and stormy night to welcome guest speakers Jodie and David from Shelter. The whole group discussed the issues surrounding homelessness and ways of helping the charities. After the talks, students and staff bedded down on cardboard and in sleeping bags for a long and disturbed night. Students slept in clothes and sleeping bags and tried to hide under the shelters in order to keep away from the rain. Some students opted to get in the boxes themselves, whilst others rolled out into the rain in their sleep! U6 student Franciska Siwek, said ‘I didn’t get much sleep but it was fun and enjoyable. I was scared to move in case I woke someone else’
These hardy souls have not only helped to raise money to help others but also now understand just what it means to sleep rough. The students will share their experiences in assemblies and the money raised through sponsorship will go to Shelter and the De Paul Trust, two charities that work with the homeless community. Last year students raised £690 and we are hoping to top that with this year’s event.
Students taking part were:
Aneka Razaq, Rowanne Dinning, Rebecca Clark, Will Timmins, Judy Lungu, Charlotte Melia, Amelie Thewlis, Connor Turner, Elyse Catchpole, Jordan Hilliard, Emily Simister, Georgina Brayshaw, Mark Dawson, Natasha-Lea Innes, Emily Ash, Peter Ajayi, Cameron White, Franciska Siwek, Kirstie Summerfield, Niamh Craggs, Jessie Helliwell, Iona Fernandes, Darian Byron-Parker, and Alison Mpofu.
Notre Dame says a big well done to everyone brave enough to take part and everyone who sponsored their efforts.