Pupils and staff have raised £5,400 for a Hertfordshire charity that supports 16-24 year olds who are homeless or threatened by homelessness.
The funds for Herts Young Homeless were raised over the course of the last school year through a variety of pupil-led fundraising activities. These included selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and putting on raffles.
Some of the money will go towards the charity’s starter pack scheme, which contain essential items for young people who are moving into accommodation for the first time. The packs contain items such as toasters, kettles, shower gel and toothpaste.
The rest of the funds will go towards its free education service, which provides Home Truths sessions for young people in schools.
The sessions aim to raise awareness of the realities of homelessness and help young people to consider the process of leaving home. They also aim to improve young people’s understanding of conflict and support them to develop strategies to manage conflict and maintain healthy relationships. And young people are given information about where to access help if they are having problems at home.
Emma Wilson from Herts Young Homeless said: “When we heard about how much Haileybury had raised, we were literally jumping around the office! We would like to say a big thank you to everyone from Haileybury for their ongoing support over the past year and for raising an amazing £5,400.”
To find out more about Herts Young Homeless please go to: www.hyh.org.uk
Pictured (left to right): Mrs McDonald, Head of Religious Studies, Tobe Rapu, Charity Prefect, Alicia Tisserand, Charity Prefect, Emma Wilson from Herts Young Homeless.