Hat’s the way to do it!

sibford_school_woolyhats1Pupils at Sibford School donned their hats on Friday … and raised more than £345 to help the homeless.

The school took part in Woolly Hat Day in support of St Mungo’s Broadway … with pupils paying for the privilege of keeping their hats on.

Teacher Vic Stannard said: “The number of homeless families has almost doubled since 2010 to a figure approaching 200,000 and the number of people sleeping rough on any given night exceeds 3,500. In addition, it is estimated that there are thousands of young, hidden homeless persons who have been kicked out by their families, split up with partners or run away from care and who spend their time ‘sofa surfing’ but who do not figure in official figures due to their age.

“That is why the work of St Mungo’s is so very important, both from a humanitarian point of view, but also from an economic one, as we cannot afford to countenance the waste, and expense, of throwing away the life-chances of a generation.

“I am delighted that pupils in both our senior school and also our junior school joined forces today to show their support for such a worthwhile charity.”

St Mungo’s Broadway works across London and the south of England. The charity manages two projects in Oxford City … a 10-bed residential treatment service for homeless men and women and seven self-contained flats (for people who have worked towards becoming abstinent from drug use prior to moving in); and a shared house, for seven clients who are in recovery from their substance use issues. The charity also operates the West Oxfordshire Single Homeless Pathway, a 26-bed semi-independent housing scheme split across six accommodation projects in Witney, Carterton and Chipping Norton.

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