Shoeburyness High School, based on Caulfield Road, have chosen to raise money in memory of Moose for Southend YMCA & Epilepsy Research UK during their charity rag week starting with their on Sleep Easy event on Friday 16th October.
The school chose Southend YMCA in 2014 as their nominated charity, and worked closely with Tom who was Sleep Easy coordinator in bringing the fundraising project to fruition. The picture above is of Tom with students and staff from the school during the cheque handover in 2014, and Rebecca Rose, far left.
Sleep Easy was first organised by Tom in March 2013. Participants sleep rough overnight for 12 hours, raising awareness and funds for youth homelessness. The participants will be sleeping within the grounds of the school over 12 hours, with nothing to house them but a cardboard box and a sleeping bag.
Over 80 students have signed up to the Sleep Easy event, as well as a plethora of events during the following week including a fancy dress day, talent show, other competitions, raffles and sponsored events taking place throughout the week.
Rebecca Rose, who went to school with Moose’s younger brother Greg is the staff lead for charity week at Shoeburyness High School said “Having seen the incredible fundraising that friends and family had achieved in his memory in such a short time, the school wanted to contribute to Tom’s legacy”.
Since the first Sleep Easy campaign over £30,000 has been raised and Tom and he was able to project manage the development of two properties and 8 new beds for homeless young people.
Funds will be split equally 50/50 between Southend YMCA & Epilepsy Research UK.
You can donate to the schools fundraising efforts at www.justgiving.com/SleepEasySHS2015.
For more information on Epilepsy Research UK please visit www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk.