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Youngsters raise 3.5k sleeping rough for charity

A group of young people in Harrow recently spent the night outdoors, with only basic materials for shelter, to raise thousands of pounds for homeless children.

The 10 youngsters slept rough for one night behind All Saints’ Church, on Uxbridge Road, several weeks ago. Now, it has been revealed that they raised £3,500 for Street Kids Direct, a charity set up in aid of homeless orphans.

The money raised by the group will go towards helping children living on the streets in Guatemala, which is in Central America.

The participants’ ages ranged from 12 to 14, and the leader of the church’s youth club, Quinton Stowell, said that the group used cardboard boxes, along with plastic sheets and bubble-wrap, to construct makeshift shelters.

According to Get West London, Stowell said that the youngsters taking part set up a video link with Street Kids Direct in Guatemala, speaking directly to the organisation’s leader, Duncan Dyason, as well as a number of children who are helped by the non-profit organisation.

Community groups often think of creative and engaging ways to raise money for charity. When seeking sponsorship, they usually turn to services like poster and banner printing, in Ruislip Manor and other areas near Harrow.

Speaking further about the experience, the youth leader said the group made its way to a number of pre-determined homes in the area to receive scraps of food for supper.

Additionally, Stowell explained that while the experience was challenging, it was effective in allowing the participants to connect with the children in Guatemala for whom they are raising money.