Children raise hundreds for the homeless

Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. 
Picture: St Giles' School

Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. Picture: St Giles' School

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A group of primary school children camped in a cold church overnight to raise money for the homeless.

Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. 
Picture: St Giles' School Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. Picture: St Giles' School

Children from Years 3 to 6 at St Giles’ C of E Primary School, in South Mimms, took part in a sleepover at St Giles’ Church to raise awareness and money for Centrepoint, the homeless charity.

Teaching assistant Toni Johnson came up with the idea and wanted to help after seeing people sleeping on the streets in London.

Toni said: “We all had a great night and took time to think of all those people who would be without a roof over their heads.”

Each child was sponsored by family and friends to sleep in the church.

Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. 
Picture: St Giles' School Pupils from St Giles' Primary School in South Mimms spent the night sleeping in a church. Picture: St Giles' School

The school is now in the process of collecting the sponsorship money but has so far beat its £300 target by raising £800.

Pupil Phoebe Colbridge said: “We have hopefully raised enough money to get somebody back on their feet and find a place to stay.”

The 38 children took sleeping bags, pillows, camping mats, torches, card games, teddies, but no board game were allowed in the church.

Snacks and hot chocolates were brought out on trays for them while they played traditional games such as Chinese Whispers and cards.

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