- Candle Night Raises Funds for Depaul UK
Event Shines a Light on Homelessness
December 6th, 2017
Enfield ‘Candle Night’ Fundraiser Shines a Light on Homelessness
Last week, a special candle-lit fundraising event took place in Enfield, to support Depaul UK's emergency accommodation service Nightstop UK, and other homelessness charities.
On Friday 1 December, as darkness fell, more than 100 teachers, their students and parents, gathered around a bench outside Enfield library for “Candle Night”.
The remarkable event was created to raise funds for people experiencing homelessness while inspiring children and students to make a difference in their communities.
During the event, each participant held a candle to express solidarity with those experiencing homelessness. Many of the group stayed out, braving the cold for the entire night, chatting with people who walked past and collecting charity donations.
Candle Night was created by teacher John Gilbert, who ceated the event after being inspired by years of travelling the world and teaching children and adults from different backgrounds.
The first ever Candle Night was held in 2016, and John was eager to build on the event’s success this year. John is looking forward to seeing it grow year on year.
“Candle Night is educational, experimental and a true experience. After taking part, children became more aware of their neighbourhood, constantly looking for and asking to help those who were homeless."
"Being a teacher is about guiding the next generation of givers and carers. We are defined by what we give of ourselves. Now many more young people know about Nightstop.”
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Anna Couper, Depaul UK’s Community Fundraising Manager, said:
“John’s passion for helping the most vulnerable in society is infectious and has led him to create what will no doubt be a fantastic and rewarding event for those participating.
“We cannot do the work that we do without the committed and enthusiastic support of men and women like John."
Nightstop helps homeless young people find a safe place to stay, one night at a time.
Communities and charities ran Nightstops in 33 locations around the UK, covering 31 percent of the UK and giving 1,403 young people a bed for the night in 2017 alone.
Depaul UK coordinates the Nightstop Network and runs Nightstops in London, the North East, the North West, South Yorkshire and Cumbria.