Pupils at Good Shepherd Primary School, Arnold, Nottingham have spent a night sleeping rough to raise awareness of homelessness and raise money for CAFOD. 150 children, aged 5-11, gave up their beds in exchange for a cardboard box on the floor of the school hall.
The night began with supper from the school “soup kitchen”. After watching a film together, the children took part in a Liturgy for the homeless led by headteacher, Mr Whittle. Later in the evening, their Parish Priest, Fr John Sherrington, said bedtime prayers.
There was a lovely atmosphere as the children helped each another to settle down – laughing, chatting and enjoying their torch lights together. One 5 year old boy, when asked what he had enjoyed most, merely said “When can we be homeless again?”
Margaret Williams, RE co-ordinator at the school said “This was a very enjoyable and worthwhile event where the whole community worked together to make it successful.”