Pupils at Sibford School donned their hats on Friday … and raised more than £345 to help the homeless.
The Quaker school near Banbury, Oxfordshire, 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 works across London and the south of England and believes that no one should be homeless and that people can - and do - recover from the issues that create homelessness.
The charities five ambitions are:
• Service Excellence: high quality, safe and effective services
• Growth: more services for a greater number of clients in more areas
• Financial Strength: overcoming challenging funding environments and securing the charity's future
• Profile and Influence: a strong reputation and an independent voice
• People Management and Organisational Development: supporting talent and developing a positive internal culture.