Thousands of primary school children across Yorkshire schools have taken part in a Christmas inspired fundraising event to raise funds for local homelessness charity, Simon on the Streets.
Simon on the Streets is an independent charity providing outreach support to those who are homeless, sofa surfing and vulnerably housed. Offering both emotional and practical support across Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, Simon on the Streets aims to provide hope to those without a voice.
Representatives from the charity also visited each school to teach the young students about the realities of homelessness and how they can help.
Ilkley-based primary school, Sacred Heart is one of the schools that took part in Simon on the Streets’ Elf Run. Sacred Heart’s Head Teacher Mrs. Rhodes commented:
“All the children at Sacred Heart were so excited to take part in our Elf Run and we are hoping that the money we raise will make a real difference to Simon on the Streets. It is a fantastic local charity and our children have really taken it to heart. It’s been wonderful to see their engagement and commitment to the event.
“At Sacred Heart, we feel it is really important that the children understand not everyone has what we take for granted, including a roof over our head and that we need to look after and help others, whenever we can.’
The pupils and staff of Sacred Heart and six other Yorkshire schools, including nursery children as young as three years old, will be walking, skipping, hopping and running in their festive elf wear to raise money for the local cause.
Natalie Moran, CEO of Simon on the Streets said:
“To see so many school children learn about the realities of homelessness and actively get involved in a fun and festive initiative which will help raise valuable funds to support the local homeless community is truly heartwarming. We’re so grateful to Sacred Heart and all the other schools for their support and can’t wait to see them running, dressed in their festive outfits!”