Every year, ARC (formerly Taunton Association for the Homeless), who have been providing accommodation and support for the homeless for over 40 years, organizes ‘The Big Sleep Out’ to help raise awareness of homelessness in the town.
With life being that much different this year, people were encouraged to take part, but in their own gardens, in dens in their living rooms, in sheds, and all manner of indoor and outdoor spaces they own.
At King’s College, English teacher, Emma Forward encouraged the school community to get involved and despite the weather leading up to the event, the rain held off (for most!), and a great number of pupils and parents, as well as staff, took to a night under the stars.
King’s families across the world, from Russia, Kenya, France and all over the UK were involved, some sleeping in hammocks, tree houses, dens in the garden, on a balcony, and even in a bath!
Commenting on the achievement, Emma Forward told Tone News:
This has been the perfect opportunity to support a great local charity without having to leave home. King’s families set up their sleeping arrangements in a wide range of creative ways to help us imagine the experience of homelessness whilst raising a fantastic amount of money, which currently stands at £1100 through sponsorship and donations.
Anybody wishing to support this very worthwhile cause can do so by visiting the King’s Just Giving page