We were so pleased to be able to support two Cambridgeshire-based homelessness charities over the Christmas period.

A group of our Senior musicians – William Kirkup, James Warren, Robert Reed, Polly Casey, Harry Walker, and Raphael Bisson – decided to busk in Ely and Cambridge during the Christmas holidays to raise money for Jimmy’s Cambridge. Jimmy’s is a community-based charity providing both support and housing to people who are rough sleeping in the Cambridge area. They managed to raise £155.

Our King’s Unity group also organised a Christmas Movie Night during the last week of the Michaelmas Term to raise money for Jimmy’s. Senior students were invited to come together to watch the festive classic, ‘Home Alone’, in the Old Palace Lecture Theatre. Sales of popcorn and refreshments raised £62.50 for Jimmy’s.

In a letter sent to our students, Mark Allan, Chief Executive of Jimmy’s, said: “Your donations will enable us to continue to provide vital and life changing support for those experiencing homelessness. Rough sleeping is difficult to contend with on any day but especially so when the days are greyer, darker, colder. This is where your help becomes even more important. Your support continues to provide a safe space for people to come off the streets from the darker days. It provides a base where rough sleepers can rest, feel secure, and tackle issues as we support them into more independent living. Thank you again for your generous support.”

Mr Sean Quinn, who is our Head of Psychology, and his A-Level students also supported the Caring For Cambridgeshire’s Homeless project in the run-up to Christmas by collecting around 300 pairs of socks, sanitary wipes, and chocolates, which Mr Quinn then delivered to volunteers at the end of last term.

Well done and thank you to everyone who made these donations happen!

Caption: King’s Ely musicians busking in Cambridge

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