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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Sponsored sleep out challenges homelessness

15/04/2016

Left to right: Spencer Harrison-Edwards, , Harry Cameron, Reginald Lawrinson , Brad Robins, Tom Griffiths and girl on the floor, Rachel Sharratt

Nine apprentices from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be taking part in a sponsored sleep out on April 22.

“The aim of the Brathay Challenge is to raise awareness of the opportunities available through apprenticeships and to give something back to our local community. It has been enlightening and rewarding working with The House of Bread and I know the whole team is extremely proud to be supporting such a good cause.”

Apprentice Team Leader, Rachel Sharratt

The 16-25 year old apprentices will be sleeping ‘rough’ in shop doorways around the Intu Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

The young people, who are part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, hope to raise money for Stafford’s House of Bread and other homeless charities to increase awareness about the issues facing homeless people in the county.

The event will also help young people understand and empathise with the difficulties faced by homeless people on a daily basis and the increase in demand at local food banks.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service and is a competition to find the apprentice team of the year.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.   The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications abilities.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Apprentice Team Leader, Rachel Sharratt said: “The aim of the Brathay Challenge is to raise awareness of the opportunities available through apprenticeships and to give something back to our local community. It has been enlightening and rewarding working with The House of Bread and I know the whole team is extremely proud to be supporting such a good cause. The sleep out will give us a small insight into what some people face on a day to day basis. Any donations would be greatly received and will go such a long way.”