Students from Uxbridge College raised more than £1,000 by sleeping in cardboard boxes in the sponsored Big SleepOut, a community event organised by the homelessness charity Trinity.Students and staff from Uxbridge College raised more than £1,000 for the homeless charity Trinity by sleeping outdoors in cardboard boxes.The group took part in the third annual Trinity Big SleepOut, a sponsored event

SONY-009-edit-400Students from Uxbridge College raised more than £1,000 by sleeping in cardboard boxes in the sponsored Big SleepOut, a community event organised by the homelessness charity Trinity.Students and staff from Uxbridge College raised more than £1,000 for the homeless charity Trinity by sleeping outdoors in cardboard boxes.

The group took part in the third annual Trinity Big SleepOut, a sponsored event which attracted a total of around 85 participants from the local community. Of these 21 were Uxbridge College students and four were staff.

The students are on Public Services courses, which prepare them to join organisations such as the police, British Forces or fire brigade, or go on to university. Their qualification includes academic study, practical and team skills, and fitness and outdoor challenges such as camping expeditions.

Visitors to the event at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium included John Randall MP, and the Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Mary O’Connor.

A total of £13,000 was raised by the whole event, and will enable Trinity Homeless Projects to house eight people for 12 months.

Gavin Hughes, Director of Student Services at Uxbridge College, said: “As well as ensuring our students get the best possible academic and vocational education, Uxbridge College also encourages them to take part in a range of events which enable them to broaden their outlook and support others.
 
“The Public Services students who took part in the event are already a hardy bunch who have spent plenty of time outdoors, but this event certainly made them think about the fact not everyone who sleeps out has a choice.”

Click here to see photos from the evening.

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