The Sixth Form College, Solihull organised their own 'satellite' sleep out to raise funds in aid of St Basils work in Solihull. A group of 72 staff and students braved the cold and the rain to sleep out overnight on Friday 14th November.
Mirroring St Basils BIG SleepOut in Birmingham, each participant was given a cardboard box and a piece of plastic sheeting to make a shelter to sleep in outside in the College car park. To keep everyone entertained, staff also organised a bonfire, a quiz, a sing-along, as well as food and lashings of hot tea and soup.
Staff and students made the activitiy worthwhile by collecting sponsorship for taking part in the challenge. At the last count the college had raised more than £3,136 in donations!
Mike Padbury is Assistant Principal at the College and he helped to organise the event. He said, "This was a great event. We did get the odd rain shower in the night, but on the whole we were quite fortunate with the weather. Staff and students worked really hard to build shelters, some of which were more effective than others! Despite the cold, everyone was determined to enjoy themselves and got into the spirit of the event, singing, playing the quiz and even star gazing!
"Huge thanks go to Rose Oliver and Elaine Formosa for helping to organise this event. Elaine made a tasty veggie chilli to keep everyone warm and fed and did porridge for breakfast. We are also grateful to John Lewis Returns Centre in Solihull for donating the cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting, not to mention the Christmas wrapping paper and crackers that we sold to top up our fundraising. St Basils do great work, so it was great to be able to raise money for them and to experience a little of what homeless young people go through day after day."
Fundraising Officer Steve Rainbow said: “A massive thank you to the staff and students who took part in this challenge and to the Sixth Form College Solihull for taking the time to organise their own event and for finding other ways to add to their fundraising total. Those that took part should be very proud of themselves for braving this challenge in what sounds like less than ideal weather conditions and for raising over £3000! Very well done to all of you!”
We are organising a brand new event for Solihull, modelled on our BIG SleepOut event, for March 2015 so if you want to help raise funds for our work in Solihull and think you’re up to the challenge click on the link below for more details or to register.