MiSST students raise over £2,500 for CentrePoint!
30 music students spent the night outdoors in March to raise funds and awareness for youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. Students aged 11 to 16 from the Music in Secondary Schools Trust Saturday school raised over £2,500 from the Sleep Out event, which will be match-funded by a benefactor of MiSST. The event marked the end of four weeks of sponsored practice of one hour every day to raise funds for the charity.
Students Aoife Checkland, Sandra Jorgensen & Amber Sparkes together raised over £1,000 and handed a cheque to Reiko Murray from CentrePoint at MiSST's annual concert on June 10th.
Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homeless charity, supporting 9000 homeless young people aged 16-25 every year. Centrepoint’s work is about more than just providing a safe bed for the night; Centrepoint helps young people to turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills; tackling their physical and mental health issues; and moving into education or employment.
Every year, Centrepoint and its supporters host Sleep Out events, encouraging people from businesses to celebrities, to substitute their beds for a sleeping bag for the night and take to the streets. Those that take part in Sleep Out experience a taste of the stark realities of homelessness – the cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of carrying on your day with little sleep. This enables ‘sleepers’ to experience first-hand some of the practical realities of being homeless.
Richard Utting, Head of Events at Centrepoint, said:
“We’re so grateful to everyone from the Music in Secondary Schools Trust who gave up their beds to raise money and awareness of the crucial issue of youth homelessness.
“It’s a scandal that in the 21st century there are still young people in the UK left with no option but to sleep rough, risking fear, violence and ill physical and mental health. The fantastic £2,500 raised by students – and match-funded by a benefactor of the Trust - will help give vulnerable young people a safe place to stay and the support they need to turn their lives around.”