Mildenhall pupils ready to brave the elements for homelessness charity

Mildenhall College Academy students will be taking part in a sleep-out in December to raise money for homeless charities.
Mildenhall College Academy students will be taking part in a sleep-out in December to raise money for homeless charities.
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Students will spend a night sleeping in tents in chilling December temperatures to raise money for homelessness charity Shelter.

Organiser, teacher Daniel Mullen, said he is hopeful up to 100 students will take part in the ‘freeze out’ and sleep in the grounds of the school.

Geography teacher Mr Mullen has organised sleep-outs at schools he has previously worked at.

He said: “The idea is a simple one.

“It’s based on the annual SleepOut venture in London whereby hundreds if not thousands of people sleep outside in the grip of winter to empathise with those who do so out of necessity rather than choice and raising much needed funds in the process.”

Daniel hopes this year’s event, to take place on December 6, will be the biggest yet.

Each student raises a minimum of £20 which will be divided between homelessness charities and school activities.

He said the students were ‘genuinely excited’ and had made plans to encourage more people to take part in the fund-raiser.

These include setting up a stage and having those with musical talents entertain the chilly campers and having films projected on to walls.

Steps will be taken to ensure the brave fund-raisers do not get too cold with St John’s Ambulance already signed up.

As well as having professionals on hand soup will help keep everyone warm and if the temperatures do plummet plan B will see the students sleep in the school hall.

The police and airman from nearby RAF bases will also pop by to check everything is running smoothly and provide a morale boost.

In the morning the campers will be greeted by bacon sandwiches, a just reward for what may be a long night.