This year Cheltenham College’s chosen
charity is Gloucestershire Nightstop. Gloucestershire Nightstop works directly
with single young homeless people aged 16-25 across the county of
Janet Ellard, from the charity, spoke to the
entire College community recently in Chapel to explain about the work of
Gloucestershire Nightstop. The charity arranges temporary and emergency
accommodation for young homeless people in the homes of trained and vetted
individuals (or hosts): it is a community response to a community issue.
Gloucestershire Nightstop works closely
with other organisations to ensure that young people break free from the cycle
of homelessness at the earliest opportunity.
Issy Dickson (U6, A) commented “We are
proud to be supporting this wonderful charity throughout the year, and are
excited to kick things off this weekend with the Prefect 24 hour challenge.”
The Cheltenham College Prefects are
undertaking a 24 hour run and cycle on 27-28 September. Each prefect will run
or cycle for a total of 2 hours, which many shifts taking place throughout the
night. In addition many of the Sixth Form will be sleeping rough with only
cardboard as shelter to highlight the plight of young homeless people in
Gloucestershire and help to raise funds for Gloucestershire Nightstop.
Lucy Gray (U6, A) added “We are aiming to
raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity. The majority of the
money raised will go towards enabling the charity to continue it’s wonderful
work in helping the least fortunate and some of the most vulnerable in society.
With your support we can help these young people break free from the cycle of
homelessness at the earliest opportunity.”
If you would like to support the College
Prefects and Gloucestershire Nightstop, please click here
to visit their fundraising page.