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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Students Sleep Out For Shekinah

Ivybridge Community College students, who are also members of the 27th Plymouth Scout Group, accepted a challenge to sleep out in their own gardens without tents. 

This was organised by Mr Deacon, who is a Teacher of Business Studies at the College and a Scout Leader.

Therefore, on the night of Saturday, 20 June, Dee, Katie, Trystan and Mr Deacon, made shelters in their own gardens.   They slept out to raise funds and awareness of Homelessness and the many forms that it takes and the underlying problems that may be behind it such as mental health and addiction.   With other Scouts they have all helped raise over £2,000 for Shekinah in Plymouth via the link https://www.shekinah.co.uk/fundraisers/big-midsummer-sleep-out

Shelters were made out of plastic sheets, wheelie bins, cardboard and Katie even used a dog cage as the basis of her shelter and it was certainly a ‘rough' night! 

Katie lasted all night and whilst Trystan and Dee stuck it for as long as they could it rained really heavily so they moved to the hard floor indoors instead. 

Gaining the experience from just one night has certainly broadened their minds on this issue and the great work that Shekinah takes part in.  A big well done to all of them for accepting the challenge.

Mr Deacon said, “All of the sixty young people (aged 6 upwards) involved from my Scout Group were awesome and I can honestly say the night was one of the most horrendous and rewarding activities I have done for a long time.”