Willesden pupils take to the streets to highlight homelessness

Capital City sixth formers swap their warm beds for cardboard boxes

Concerned sixth form students took to their sleeping bags to highlight the plight of homelessness.

Pupils from Capital City School, in Doyle Gardens, Willesden, swapped their warm beds for cardboard boxes to raise awareness of the hardships faced by those without a home.

Andre Schafer, Year 12 student, said: “The Sleep Out was very fun. It was the first time I have experienced anything like this and it made me understand and feel what it would be like to be homeless. It was also a good bonding experience for the students that took part.”

Marie Kenny, who works in the sixth form, said: “The Sleep Out event was an experience I will never forget. It seemed like a very mild night until the wind picked up at 3.30am.

“Even with a lot of layers and blankets we could not escape it. One night was more than enough and I know now more than ever, how lucky I am not to have to experience this as a way of life.”