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Orpington scouts and guides sleep out to shine light on homelessness

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 November 2018

Guides, scouts and rangers from Orpington Methodist Church spent a night sleeping outside to raise money for charity Shelter. Picture: Orpington Methodist Scouts and Guides

Guides, scouts and rangers from Orpington Methodist Church spent a night sleeping outside to raise money for charity Shelter. Picture: Orpington Methodist Scouts and Guides

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Guides, scouts and rangers from Orpington Methodist Church spent Friday night sleeping outside to raise money for charity Shelter and awareness of homlessness in the borough.

The youngsters, aged between 10-18, were sheltered only by cardboard boxes so they could feel what those sleeping rough have to go through every night.

They also spent time discussing their understanding of how people become homeless, who it can affect and how it might make them feel.

Orpington Guide Esme, 10, said: “Although I really enjoyed being with my friends and having fun, in the night when it got really cold I thought about all those people who live on the streets and don’t have a home to go to, and I now really appreciate more of the things that I have.”

Orpington Scout Joshua, 11, said: “It was good to deepen our understanding of how horrible it is to live on the streets.”

Fie Rason, Orpington Methodist Guide Leader said: “We know these young people can make a difference. We want them to grow up understanding the struggles of people who are faced with being homeless and knowing that they have the ability to help change these people’s lives.”

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