Stoke-on-Trent pupils create ‘Shiver Shelter’ to help city’s homeless

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Big-hearted pupils at a Stoke-on-Trent high school are doing their bit to help the city’s homeless residents.

Students at Discovery Academy, in Fenton, have launched the ‘Shiver Shelter’ scheme to help raise money for night shelters in their area.

The idea was developed by students and their modern languages teacher Dawn Birks, who has links to the local Temple Methodist Church.

Students were able to raise £211.96 through events like Christmas Jumper Day and cake sales at their school.

Half of the money went to the night shelter for the homeless, run by Temple Methodist Church in Fenton.

The rest of the funds will go to Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Trentham.

The school’s Student Leadership, Council and Community Council work both inside and outside of the school to raise money.

The church’s shelter provides beds for eight people every night who do not have a home.

At the shelter, the homeless are provided with warm drinks, a chance to wash, and are given a change of clothes – provided by the fund-raising pupils.

They are also given a hot meal and a chance to spend time with volunteers or watch a DVD.

“It is important students appreciate there are sometimes people less fortunate than themselves,” said Mrs Birks.

“Washing and changing are ways of life we often take for granted.”

Louise Wright, Operations Trust manager of Discovery Academy, said: “All students at the academy are encouraged to donate as much as possible.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s  Rough Sleepers Team visits the night shelter every day to help guests find permanent accommodation in local hostels and houses.

Glenn Parkes, church leadership member at Temple Methodist Church, said: “The generosity of the staff and students helps us to provide food, clothing and toiletries for our guest.

“It provides some very needy people with real hope.”

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