Shoeburyness High School raises funds to support young homeless people

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Tom, far left, pictured with students and staff from Shoeburyness High School in 2014 after their charity rag week.

Shoeburyness High School, based on Caulfield Road, have chosen Southend YMCA & Epilepsy Research UK as their nominated charities for their charity rag week later this month.

The school chose Southend YMCA in 2014 as their nominated charity, and worked closely with Tom Moulton as Sleep Easy coordinator in bringing the fundraising project to fruition.

Tom Moulton, known as Moose to many, tragically passed away in July, aged 29 and had suffered from Epilepsy since a young age. The school contacted Southend YMCA asking if they could raise funds once again, but this time in Tom's memory, and split the funds with Epilepsy Research UK.

Rebecca Rose, staff lead for charity week at Shoeburyness High School said "Having heard about the news over the summer, and the incredible fundraising that friends and family had achieved in his memory in such a short time, the school wanted to contribute to Tom's legacy".

The school will host their own version of Tom's 'Sleep Easy' campaign, which he had first organised in March 2013. Participants sleep rough overnight for 12 hours, raising awareness and much needed funds for youth homelessness. The participants will be sleeping within the grounds of the school, with nothing to house them but a cardboard box and a sleeping bag.

The event is being planned and delivered by students from years 12 & 13, giving them valid fundraising, PR, recruitment and event management experience and the chance to help those less fortunate then themselves.

Over 80 students have signed up to the Sleep Easy event, as well as a plethora of events including a fancy dress day, talent show, other competitions, raffles and sponsored events taking place throughout the week. In 2014 the school raised over £6000.

Mike Bromfield, who works for Southend YMCA, and is working with the school to support them to organise Sleep Easy said:

"We are incredible moved by the support that we've received from the local community since Tom's passing, he was incredibly passionate about youth homelessness and that money raised should go towards something physical, like bricks and mortar. Since the first Sleep Easy campaign over £30,000 has been raised and Tom was able to project manage the development of two properties and 8 new beds for homeless young people".

Epilepsy Research UK supports and promotes basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy. They are the only national charity in the UK that is exclusively dedicated to funding independent research into this condition.

For more information on Shoeburyness High School's Sleep Easy event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can donate at www.justgiving.com/SleepEasySHS2015

For more information on Epilepsy Research UK please visit www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk.

To find out more information about fundraising in Tom's memory please visit www.rememberingmoose.co.uk




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