FOR most students, Friday nights are a time for relaxing with friends after a hard week’s studying.
Not so for teenagers from Franklin College, Grimsby on Friday 9th October, as they held a Sleep Easy event to raise funds for us and to also raise awareness through World Homeless Day.
Over 65 staff and students took to their cardboard dens in the college grounds on a clear, cool night in North East Lincolnshire and spent the night under the stars.
Franklin College are hoping to raise £750 to go towards YMCA’s work with the region’s most vulnerable young people.
Emma Swinburn, Franklin College Projects Officer, organised the event and she was delighted with the turnout.
She said: “We held a Sleep Easy event two years ago and we were looking at running a fundraising event for YMCA in conjunction with World Homeless Day this year.
“It is to give students an idea of the problems that occur locally and the work that charities do in our area.
“We decided to hold a Sleep Easy again and the response has been magnificent with over 60 students signing up to take part.
“They have all been collecting sponsorship from friends and family, so hopefully we will raise a good amount for a worthy cause.”
Franklin College principal Trevor Wray was one of the staff members taking part in the event and he took to his sleeping bag to raise awareness of YMCA’s work.
He added: “The students have really entered into the spirit of things – they have been brilliant!
“They are all volunteering their time to be here and it is an excellent and eye-opening experience for them.
“I’m also impressed with some of the cardboard shelters that they have put together – some of the groups have shown great imagination and ingenuity.”
Jonathan Byrne, Communications Coordinator at YMCA Humber, also attended the fundraiser and he spoke highly of the students’ efforts.
“It is an amazing turnout and it is fantastic that we can link this event to World Homeless Day, where charities like ourselves spread extra awareness of a problem that affects countries all around the planet.
“There are a hundred-and-one different things that young people could be doing on a Friday night but these students have given up their time to do something for those less fortunate.”
Cardboard boxes for the event were supplied by Laughton’s, Ramsden’s Toy Store and Tesco. A soup kitchen was provided by the college’s canteen staff.