Friday 11 February  saw 26 willing sixth formers and 5 brave teachers sleeping rough in the chilly Claremont Fan Court School outdoor service tunnels. Their goal was to raise awareness of homelessness issues and funds to support the life-changing work carried out by Rentstart, one of our Claremont 100 nominated, local charities.

With an ambitious target of £5000, we are delighted to announce that so far they have smashed their target and the running total is £5,042.

Box home building started at 6.30pm using boxes generously donated by Luxfords Of Weybridge, where the students decorated their temporary homes with streamers, lights and tried to ensure as much insulation from the cold as possible.

During the evening sixth formers enjoyed pep talks from Andy Robertson, Fundraising Manager at Rentstart Sean Walsh from Chelsea Football Academy and a visit from the Esher and Walton Liberal Democrat candidate, Monica Harding who came to support and congratulate the participating students.

The sixth formers put on their own version of a variety show with a strong theme of homelessness, they enjoyed coffees and hot chocolate from Little Gem Coffee company and freshly made pizza from Get Stoked pizza company, both of whom made incredibly generous donations towards the cause, thank you for keeping our sixth formers warm.

After a cold and hard night the students and teachers packed up at 6am, with many having a renewed appreciation for their warm beds at home!

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