PREPARED Scouts from Dunchurch will sleep out overnight to raise money for a Rugby homelessness charity.
Boys and girls aged nine to 14 from the 1st Dunchurch Scouts will spend the night in sleeping bags on The Green in the centre of the village on Friday March 25, to raise funds for Hope4.
The group will be supported on the night by adult helpers.
Scout Leader Anita Ward said: “The Scouts are really interested in the issues and also concerned about why people become homeless in our modern world. They’re really keen to do what they can to help.
“While of course they love camping, this is a very different experience. This won’t be an easy challenge because they won’t be using tents or enjoying any luxuries – they will be spending the night in sleeping bags and on cardboard without proper shelter or comforts.
“They’re aiming to raise lots of money for Hope 4 Rugby.”
The Scouts said they were looking forward to the event. Edward said: “It might be fun as a one-off, but I wouldn’t want to do it every night.” And Alice added: “The Scout motto is ‘Be Prepared’, so even if it’s cold, it won’t break our spirits.”
Hope4 Centre Manager Adi Robinson has been teaching the group about the issues that cause homelessnesses.
He said: “It’s incredible that the Dunchurch Scouts want to contribute to helping homeless people.
“Sleeping out in the open for one night will give them a taste of what it’s like to be homeless. I suggested they think about what it would be like if they had to sleep out every night.
“It’s really important that young people know about the homeless situation, and this is a very positive event to support the community.”
Visit https://tinyurl.com/bdzf5fsn to donate.