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Just before the end of term, 16 Sixth Form girls from Meynell House at King’s College Taunton, along with Deputy Housemistress Liz Gregory, slept outside to raise money for Taunton Association for the Homeless. The girls slept on the boarding house patio with only flattened cardboard boxes and a sleeping bag for comfort. Luckily the weather stayed fine, but had it rained, the girls agreed to stay outside, and despite the rather talkative seagulls, they “slept” until 5.30 am.

The school is immensely proud of the pupil’s desire to, even slightly, experience the challenges of rough sleeping and hope that they will continue to be sympathetic towards those that experience this on a daily basis. To date the girls’ efforts have raised £827.

Taunton Association for the Homeless is a local charity that the school has supported in the past. Every night the organisation supports about 200 of the most vulnerable people, helping them to overcome their issues and to build a better future for themselves.