Years 3 to 6 recently spent a night at the school to raise money for Restart, a charity whose objective is to tackle homelessness by helping people secure accommodation, find employment, develop independent living and improve mental health.

The ‘sleep-in’ at school began with an assembly, where we connected online with pupils taking part at home. We were very lucky to have two RESTART team-members, Olivia and Nicola, discuss the charity with the children. Olivia visited the school to thank the children, wish them luck and explain a little more about how the money raised will be used to support the charity. Nicola dialled in from a weekly drop-in session run by Restart, which gave everyone an insight into what it means to be volunteer and how the charity provides a safe space for those who need it.

There were plenty of engaging activities for the children throughout the evening, including drawing London skylines using chalk and black paper, building shelters in the Makerspace and taking part in a table tennis tournament, and there was time for a film in the hall before bed, with pillows, cuddly toys, sleeping bags and lots of popcorn!

Thank you to those who supported the children with their fundraising and contributed towards a grand total of £2,200 for RESTART. We are so proud of our children for taking such an interest in this amazing charity.

The children have loved the idea of being able to help others with their actions and we hope events like this will nurture their innate generosity, helping them to grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have. We also believe that connecting yourself and with others, doing meaningful activities and giving help to others are all incredibly powerful ways of strengthening our mental health. Well done to all our students who took part!

You can learn more about RESTART lives and our successful Sleep In here: