The Churchill Primary School, Kent

Year 6 decided to support people who are homeless.  After researching different local charities, we decided to support two local charities, Porchlight and Folkestone Food Bank.  Porchlight is a Kent based charity that works to change people's lives for the better, by helping the most vulnerable and isolated people in the community and Folkestone Food Bank gives food donations to individuals and families in need.

What we did

We began by setting up a donations page through Virgin Money Giving. To raise money, Year 6 did a sponsored sleep-out on the school field. We slept rough for the night with only a sleeping bag and a cardboard box. This gave us an insight into the hardships of being homeless.

Kate Lumley from Porchlight came in to give a whole school assembly. To raise further funds we made 'Pennies for Porchlight' money boxes and carried out a collection at our sports day. We were also sponsored to shave off one of our teachers' beard.

To support Folkestone Food Bank, we held a whole school Tin Day. This was like a harvest festival day, where all children in the school bring in a tin, or some other item on the desired list, like baby food or teabags. Later, a member of staff from the Food Bank came in to lead a whole school assembly and collect the food. This was important to them as they are a brand new sister charity of the well established Canterbury Food Bank, and needed food donations to get the charity up and running. To help us understand what happens to the donated food and how it helps people, we visited Canterbury Food Bank, where we sorted and packed food, and spoke to the staff about their roles.

To generally raise the profile of homelessness, we spent the morning in Folkestone town centre, giving out flyers we made. We included facts about homelessness, what Year 6 were doing and ways in which other people could help. The general public were very supportive!

What people said

It made them realise how lucky they are

Kate Lumley, Porchlight

Key facts and fundraising tips

  • Try and get some press coverage for your sponsored events to help spread the word!
  • Try to think of some unusual or silly ways to raise money - we shaved our teacher's beard off (he let us!)
  • It's important that people know what you are raising money for, and why, so make sure you give donors as much information as possible to raise awareness as well as money.

More Information

You can find more information about how Porchlight are helping homeless people in Kent here 

More information about food banks can be found here

Published: Jul 2014

Categories: Relief of poverty

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