The Big Sleep Out 2021
Buoyed by the success of last year’s fundraising camp, the Outreach and Partnerships team once again joined ‘The Big Sleep Out at Home’. The event aims to raise awareness of homelessness and to generate funds to help those suffering on the streets. Launchpad Reading is Berkshire’s leading homelessness charity and the School raised over £2,500 for their cause last year through initiatives which included the Big Sleep Out, Duckett’s Beard and the School House 24-hour Cyclathon.
Enthusiastic camper, Richard Duckett, Head of Politics and Global Perspectives, was responsible for the boarders sleep out on the Park, together with Outreach prefects, Rosie and Angelika. “The work of Launchpad is so vital to helping our local community,” commented Richard, “I am only too happy to support the Big Sleepout again this year. It’s fantastic that so many of our students recognise the importance of the work of this local charity and are motivated to do something different to support it.”
The boarders camped in mini-village of tents in the Fryer Orchard whilst our Day students could team up with friends and family and sleep under the stars in their gardens. Those without camping equipment chose to participate by building dens inside and ‘camped’ in unusual locations around the house.
“We had a campfire and hot chocolate, and a very dewey night after an unseasonably warm day; some very wet feet! It was very cold between about 3.00-6.00am!” reflected Richard.
“It’s nice to be able to put the value of Stewardship into practice in a town so close to me. Continuing the tradition of supporting Launchpad is a legacy LP will carry forward for many years ahead.” said Angelika.
If you would like to make a donation to Leighton Park’s Big Sleep Out at Home please visit our GoFundMe page.