Pictures: Youth group sleeps out for Stonepillow

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Seb Rajan-Iyer. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623636 SUS-160408-180116001
Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Seb Rajan-Iyer. Pic Steve Robards SR1623636 SUS-160408-180116001
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‘Tired but proud’, that is how NCS leader Dexter Kunaka described how he was feeling following his group’s charity sleep out.

“It was superb,” he said. “The young people were amazing.”

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623614 SUS-160408-180004001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards SR1623614 SUS-160408-180004001

The 20 hour event, outside the Phoenix Centre, was held as a ‘social action’ by the group as part of the National Citizen Service project and was all lead by the young people themselves.

Dexter explained: “They contacted Stonepillow and got all the permissions they needed.

“They were really proactive, going to Bensons and Tesco for donations, and pulling it all together.”

Driven by seeing the split locally, between ‘the affluent’ and those who go without, Dexter revealed his group wanted ‘to experience what it is like to be in other people’s position’.

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Dexter Kunaka and Rhonda Stowe wscc (NCS Leader). Pic Steve Robards  SR1623620 SUS-160408-180018001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Dexter Kunaka and Rhonda Stowe wscc (NCS Leader). Pic Steve Robards SR1623620 SUS-160408-180018001

“They visited Stonepillow and saw what was there,” he said.

“For the young people it was about understanding what a homeless person has to go through just to try and fit in and to survive.

The event also saw a visit from Bognor mayor Pat Dillon, who opened the sleep out, and from Danny Dawes of Grandad’s Front Room, who Dexter said deserved a special mention.

“He was really interested in what we were doing and had so many ideas.

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Only 2 hours sleep for some. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623580 SUS-160408-175853001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Only 2 hours sleep for some. Pic Steve Robards SR1623580 SUS-160408-175853001

“We are definitely going to take them forward.”

The group also enjoyed a celebratory breakfast after a hard night with ‘unforgiving conditions’.

Money raised from the sponsored sleep out will go to help Stonepillow.

For information on the charity visit www.stonepillow.org.uk. More on NCS at www.ncsyes.co.uk.

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Setting up camp. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623553 SUS-160408-175741001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Setting up camp. Pic Steve Robards SR1623553 SUS-160408-175741001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623591 SUS-160408-175908001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards SR1623591 SUS-160408-175908001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. keeping spirits up. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623556 SUS-160408-175757001

Sponsored camp out event by NCS group based at the Phoenix Centre, Bognor for Stonepillow. keeping spirits up. Pic Steve Robards SR1623556 SUS-160408-175757001