Wakefield teachers sleep out to help the homeless

13th december 2011'Staff at Quegs will be sleeping rough in cardboard boxes to raise awareness and cash for Wakefield's Community Awareness Programme.'Pictured L/R: School Head David Craig, Ernest Hibbert, Dan Burrows, Dan Pesterfield, Lindsey Firth, Geoff Tingle and Elizabeth Jenkins.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
13th december 2011'Staff at Quegs will be sleeping rough in cardboard boxes to raise awareness and cash for Wakefield's Community Awareness Programme.'Pictured L/R: School Head David Craig, Ernest Hibbert, Dan Burrows, Dan Pesterfield, Lindsey Firth, Geoff Tingle and Elizabeth Jenkins.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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STAFF from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School braved the cold to help the homeless by finding out what life is like sleeping rough.

Teachers and support staff slept rough in temperatures close to freezing last night to raise cash for Wakefield homeless group the Community Awareness Programme (CAP).

The school is one of CAP’s main supporters and raised £3,500 for the organisation with a sleep-out event last year.

This time, staff were determined to increase the fundraising to £5,000 for CAP, which is run by Wakefield homelessness volunteer Ernest Hibbert.

And they encouraged people to donate warm coats, jeans, boots and other warm clothes to CAP, which has seen a huge increase the numbers of people needing help this winter.

Marketing assistant Rebecca Hazell was one of the rough sleepers who slept out in a cardboard box.

She said beforehand: “I’m not looking forward to facing a night out at this time of year but at least I have warm clothes and it’s only for one night and for a good cause.

“I just hope our sleep-out will raise the profile of the magnificent work of Ernest Hibbert and CAP.

“Perhaps more people will be prepared to dig deep and help some of those Wakefield citizens who are in genuine need and do not have the same comfortable lifestyle as the rest of us.”

CAP provides food parcels, furniture and advice for people hit by homelessness and poverty.

Donations can be taken to CAP headquarters at 7 Wood Street, Wakefield.