Sheffield students sleep rough to help young homeless

Hannah O'Mahony, Andy Ball, Tom Senior and Jonathan Broadhead on the Longley College sleepout for charity.
Hannah O'Mahony, Andy Ball, Tom Senior and Jonathan Broadhead on the Longley College sleepout for charity.
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HOMELESS, cold and hungry.

That’s how youngsters from Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield spent one of the coldest nights of the year.

More than 30 students and staff slept rough in freezing temperatures at the Firth Park college to raise cash for city charity Roundabout, which supports young homeless people and is refurbishing its emergency hostel.

They also met some of the people Roundabout has supported to find out about the problems that face youngsters with no home to go to.

Around £1,000 raised will boost the appeal for the hostel - the only one of its kind for 16 to 21-year-olds in the region.

Performing arts student Jonathan Broadhead said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it!

“It was a cold night but I got wrapped up and slept well.

“We also had four ex-homeless people with us and it was really fascinating to hear their moving stories. Overall it was a really worthwhile experience.”

Student support officer Andy Ball said the experience had been ‘eye-opening’.

Roundabout has to raise £300,000 to complete the revamp work at its Highfields hostel. Other funding has been provided by South Yorkshire Housing Association.

Fundraising co-ordinator Amy Casbolt said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the students and staff who slept out to raise money.

“They gave up some of their home comforts and engaged in activities delivered by our peer educators, to understand what it feels like to be homeless.

“Every day, Roundabout supports 150 homeless young people. This wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of fundraisers.”