Pupils from Eden Boys’ School took part in a slumber party with a difference, in aid of homelessness charity St Basils.

Eight pupils from Eden Boys’ School and four from Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy built beds out of cardboard and plastic sheeting; bedding down in the grounds of the Birmingham Cathedral.

The efforts for the Big Birmingham Sleepout raised £100 for St Basils, a charity that houses more than 1,000 young people across the city and more than 1,500 across the West Midlands.  It also helps thousands more with face-to-face support.

Year 9 pupil Salahuddin Khan said: “After a night of surviving the cold, I realised what it was like to have no food or no water, and how it felt living on the streets of town. I believe more could be done to help the homeless and that more should be done to ensure that they are taken good care of. If we continue to raise awareness and take part in events like the sleepout, I hope that the vast number of people sleeping rough on the streets is reduced.”

Pupils will also take part in the ‘Sheets not Streets’ programme during the Christmas period too, which will see them donate brand-new bedding to the charity.

Asiyah Ravat, Principal at Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham, said: “It was very, very cold so nobody had much sleep that night. As a result, I really think it hit home with the boys how difficult it would be to be a rough sleeper, especially at this time of the year and made them realise how privileged they are to have had a warm home to return to.”

For further information on the charity St Basils visit www.stbasils.org.uk