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Published Wednesday 11th of February 2015 09:16:00 AM

Pupils at Sibford School donned their hats � and raised more than �345 to help the homeless.

The school took part in Woolly Hat Day in support of St Mungo�s Broadway � with pupils paying for the privilege of keeping their hats on.

Teacher Vic Stannard said: �The number of homeless families has almost doubled since 2010 to a figure approaching 200,000 and the number of people sleeping rough on any given night exceeds 3,500. In addition, it is estimated that there are thousands of young, hidden homeless persons who have been kicked out by their families, split up with partners or run away from care and who spend their time �sofa surfing� but who do not figure in official figures due to their age.

�That is why the work of St Mungo�s is so very important, both from a humanitarian point of view, but also from an economic one, as we cannot afford to countenance the waste, and expense, of throwing away the life-chances of a generation.

�I am delighted that pupils in both our senior school and also our junior school joined forces today to show their support for such a worthwhile charity.�

St Mungo's Broadway provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.

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