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6th Form BIG Sleep

On Friday 18th March forty Sixth Formers and staff supported the Big Sleep held at school. Students built shelters both inside and outside where they spent the night sleeping to raise awareness and money for Tabor House, who support the homeless in Birmingham. Over £800 has been raised so far. Well done to all those involved.

Miss Browne
Head of Year 12

On Friday evening last week students and staff started to gather at 6pm to take part in our annual BIG sleep for the homeless. On a day which seen nearly £3000 raised in one day for our school fantastic Lenten charities (Mary’s Meals & NICE) 40 students and staff took part in an overnight camp to raise money for Tabor House in Digbeth, the only 24 hour shelter for the homeless in Birmingham.

The evening started with students and staff building their shelters from cardboard sourced from local supermarkets. The library and outside the St Bernadette Centre were transferred into our own little overnight commune. By 8pm the team treated in the form of our very own pop-up soup kitchen in the SBC with a choice Carrot & Coriander Soup or Tomato & Basil Soup. We were further treated to leftovers from our local chippy (Wychall Fish Bar) at the end of their shift, which went down a treat with the Sixth Formers.

After food, students made use of the sports hall, playing basketball and one bounce (well done Caitlin) until 11pm. Most students then began to settle, ready for sleeping in their shelters, whilst others played Hide and Seek. It was amazing to see the majority of the students and staff sleep outside in their shelters – this gave them a real flavour of what the homeless have to experience on a daily basis.

As the sun rose over the River Rea at 5:42 on a crisp Saturday morning, the team awoke from their sleep to find a number of students had stayed up through the night.

After some drinks and toast the students made their way home to work, play football and some to a fresh and welcoming bed.

To date the students have raised over £850 for Tabor House in Digbeth, the only 24 hour shelter for the Homeless in Birmingham. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tommiesbigsleep

A huge thank you to all the staff and students that took part and supported the event – you were amazing.

Mr Flood
Head of 6th Form