Arena Academy students raise over £1000 in sponsored sleepout for Birmingham’s homeless situation

“We wanted to experience how the homeless live on the streets, but more importantly raise money and awareness”

On Friday 15th February, a group of Year 10 students from Arena Academy were accompanied by staff to take part in a sponsored sleepout helping to raise money and awareness for Birmingham’s homelessness situation.

Students and staff joined members of their local community in the car park of Birmingham City Mission’s city centre headquarters on Langdon Street for a sponsored sleepout to raise awareness of Birmingham’s current homelessness situation as well as money for BCM’s ongoing work with Birmingham’s homeless population. The students aided fellow sleepout participants in raising over £1000.

BCM provided sleepout participants with two large cardboard boxes and nothing more, replicating the real-life conditions of Birmingham’s homeless. The sleepout ran throughout the night, starting at 9pm and finishing around sunrise at 6am.

BCM is a Christian charity established in 1996 commited to helping the needy and marginalised of Birmingham whilst sharing their Christian values. Whilst they run a variety of projects across the city offering friendship and support to the elderly, young, and those struggling with poverty; it’s the charity’s work with Birmingham’s homeless population that the sleepout was raising awareness and money for. They currently operate a drop-in Care Centre which provides three-course meals, nurse-led clinics and Christian talks for the homeless across several days of the week.

We’re very proud of the students for promoting our CORE values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence outside of the classroom and in their wider community.

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