A wet and cold Friday night saw five Derby Grammar School staff members gather to join the YMCA SleepEasy and raise over £1500 to help vulnerable young people in Derbyshire.

Mrs Baldwin, Ms Sellors, Mrs Reynolds, Mrs Sly and Mrs Ben Messaoud all braved the elements and pitched their shelter of tarpaulin and cardboard at the event held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Friday 8 March.

They joined the 167 others who had also signed up to the SleepEasy.

Ms Sellors said: “This is the fifth year I’ve taken part. It doesn’t get any easier, but it is such a vital fundraising activity for YMCA Derbyshire who are hoping to raise £45000.”

Mrs Sly added: “This is my first time. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I am pleased I am doing it. As a school we support the YMCA throughout the year including passing all of our harvest festival donations to the residents, and creating a christmas box for each resident every year.”

It was a long night, but the rain finally stopped at around 9pm. Mrs Reynolds said: “I have hardly slept at all, it was quite cold. We are very lucky though, we all get to go home to our warm houses this morning.

For some people this is their life, sleeping out every night and getting cold and damp. The work of organisations such as the YMCA to help people in this situation is vital, which is why we were so keen to take part in SleepEasy again this year.”

Mrs Baldwin was taking part for the second time this year. She said: “We are so grateful to friends, parents and pupils sponsoring us. We have raised £1525 so far, which, with gift aid, increases to £1757. It’s a phenomenal amount and hopefully should creep up a little more over the next few days.”

Mrs Ben Messaoud added: “I’m so proud to have taken part. My music pupils have been very supportive and I’m hoping to add around £300 to our final total with the offline donations I’ve collected.”