Chesterfield lad sleeps out to help the homeless

Enry Lynch in his tent. Picture by Rachel Atkins.
Enry Lynch in his tent. Picture by Rachel Atkins.
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A schoolboy was so upset after watching a TV show about rough sleepers that he wanted to do something to help the homeless.

So eight-year-old Enry Lynch pitched a tent in his back garden on Saturday night and did a sponsored sleep-out to raise money for Chesterfield homeless charity Pathways.

Enry, a pupil at New Whittington Community Primary School, is now planning more ways of raising money to help those who don’t have a place they can call home.

His mum, Tara, of High Street, New Whittington, said: “I’m really proud of him.

“The idea came about after he watched a programme on children’s TV about homelessness.

“He came to me crying and said he wanted to do something to help people in that situation.

“He slept in the tent from 7pm on Saturday until 7am on Sunday and I think it was a real eye-opener for him.”

Enry said: “It was good and bad.

“Good because I wanted to do it to raise money and help people but bad because it was really, really cold and I felt sorry for those who don’t have a home – or even a tent.”

Tara, who has another son called William, added: “As the Derbyshire Times has reported on more than one occasion this year, homelessness is a big issue in Chesterfield – it affects a lot of people and it’s an awful situation to be in.

“I’m so happy Enry wants to help and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated money.”

Enry has so far raised about £200 for Pathways – and money is still coming in.

Saltergate-based Pathways offers support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

It is Chesterfield’s only day centre for those who are experiencing a housing crisis.

Pathways’ website states: “We aim to provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental environment which will strive to provide both immediate short-term responses to basic needs and long-term solutions to more deep-rooted problems.”

For more information about the charity, visit www.pathways

Enry said: “I now want to do other things to help more homeless people.

“I think it’s really important to help others.”