Streetlife: Youngsters put themselves in the cold to help homeless charity

Teenagers on Fleetwood Town Community Trust's National Citizenship Service raised funds for the Streetlife charity.
Teenagers on Fleetwood Town Community Trust's National Citizenship Service raised funds for the Streetlife charity.
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These young people decided to help out a homeless charity by doing it the hard way.

Around 25 teenagers aged between 15 and 17 staged a “sleeping rough” sleep-over to raise funds for homeless charity, Streetlife.

The group, who are working with Fleetwood Town Community Trust on the National Citizens Service (NCS) scheme, spent a cold night sleeping outside in cardboard boxes.

It all took place at Fleetwood Town’s new training facility, the Fuse centre at Butts Road, Thornton.

Overseeing the fundraiser was Joseph Newson, Fleetwood Town Community Trust’s NCS co-ordinator, who said the teenagers were not so much thinking “out of the box”, but in the box!

He said: “Teenagers don’t always get a good press so this just shows what young people are capable of.

“They wanted to help people less well off than they are, and this was all their idea as a group.

“Obviously it started out as fun but once you’re trying to get to sleep, a cardboard box is not exactly conformable, and this was a fairly cold night.

“To have to sleep like that, night after night, would be tough and the group thought it was a good, symbolic way to raise money.

“They’ve all got themselves sponsored and they’ve managed to raise over £1,000.”

First team players from Fleetwood Town helped them by chipping in with sponsor money, and a cheque will be handed over when the Cod Army play Rochdale at Highbury on Saturday September 5.

Most of the young people involved were from Fleetwood, but others were from Thornton, Cleveleys and Garstang.

The Trust has been running the four week NCS course over the past month and it has helped the youngsters meet new friends, learn new skills and serve the local community.

Some of the girls on the course also took time out to meet volunteers and service users at the nearest Streetlife outlet in Blackpool.

Joseph added: “It’s been a useful learning experience.”