17 December, 2019
A group of 23 students and staff members from the school, slept outside overnight as part of the fundraising event, raising nearly £2,000. The Sleepout takes place every year on the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral and challenges people to build their own shelter for the night out of cardboard and plastic sheeting, in order to raise money for those who are homeless or at risk through donations.
St Basils is one of the largest organisations working with young people who are homeless or at risk in the country and provides support with finding and keeping a home, growing confidence, developing skills and increasing the opportunities available.
Adrian Price, Principal at George Salter Academy, said:
“Participating in the Big Brum Sleepout was an incredible experience. Our students were absolutely superb and the stamina it took to tolerate their cardboard creations collapsing was truly admirable, especially when temperatures fell to -4.
“So many young people are homeless and spending most nights sleeping rough, and so I am proud that GSA was part of this campaign. We are delighted that between our school and individual staff fundraising pages, we have raised nearly £2,000 for St Basils.”