Hundreds of pupils help homeless young people

Pupils at Biddick Academy, Biddick Lane, Washington, taking part in a step challenge, to raise money for Shelter, the housing and homeless charity, on Friday
Pupils at Biddick Academy, Biddick Lane, Washington, taking part in a step challenge, to raise money for Shelter, the housing and homeless charity, on Friday
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MORE than 200 pupils stepped in to help homeless youngsters.

Fundraisers from Year 8 at Biddick Academy, in Washington, completed a “step challenge”, which saw them march on the spot for 50 minutes, in aid of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

The national Step for Shelter event was launched after it emerged that more than 90,000 children across the country do not have a permanent home of their own.

Teacher and event organiser Lyndsey Watson said: “We were really looking forward to putting on our Step for Shelter event.

“It’s awful to think that so many children don’t have a permanent home of their own, and I’m pleased our school can help.”

Funds raised by the Step for Shelter event at the school, in Biddick Lane, are now being collected and counted up.

“Step for Shelter is a great way of raising money as well as raising awareness of housing and homelessness issues in our school,” said Mrs Watson.

“I would especially like to thank the staff for allowing Year 8 to take part and all the form tutors for joining in and supporting their students.”

More than one million people a year turn to Shelter for advice and support through its website, helplines and national network of advice centres.

Shelter helps children by providing support and advice to their families so they can find and keep a safe and secure home.

According to recent research, more than one million children in England are living in overcrowded conditions, with 3.3 million people in the UK driven into poverty due to their housing costs.

For more information about Shelter, visit www.shelter.org.uk