Nuthall pupils raise more than £700 to help homeless people

Caring youngsters at a Nuthall school raised more than £700 to support rough sleepers while learning about what it means to be homeless.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 3:53 pm
Year two pupils and teachers at Horsendale Primary School with staff from Emmanuel House Support Centre.

Year two pupils at Horsendale Primary School took part in a special pilot project designed to raise awareness and educate younger people on the issues surrounding homelessness.

The project, run by Nottinghamshire-based homelessness charity Emmanuel House, encouraged the six and seven-year-olds to create writing and artwork and take part in sponsored activities to raise money.

The initiative began with an interactive online assembly, where pupils heard from Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, about what homelessness means, how it can happen and the vital services provided by the charity.

The children then wrote letters to the beneficiaries at Emmanuel House, introducing themselves and explaining their plans for fundraising.

Between the 30 of them, they managed to raise a total of £731.

Mr Tully said: “The achievement of the year two pupils and Horsendale Primary School in engaging with the issues around homelessness and raising £730 for Emmanuel House is magnificent.

“The questions they asked in the online assembly were razor sharp and it was a great pleasure to work with such enquiring pupils.”

Fundraising ideas included sponsored chores and an online ‘Family Fun Night’, hosted by year two teacher Curtis Jordan.

Mr Jordan said: “I am totally overwhelmed with how the children really took to this work and how mature they have been for six and seven-year-olds. This project has been a fantastic experience. The children have been full of great ideas and it is absolutely amazing what they have done, considering we had a target of £150.

“I have been a teacher for 14 years and I’ve never seen such a huge response to a project. I am so proud of my class.”

Year two teaching assistant Dawn Tunney added: “The children embraced the problems faced by homeless people and wanted to help this charity wholeheartedly. Their level of empathy has really blown me away.”

Staff at Emmanuel House showed their appreciation by visiting the school and presenting the class with a certificate.