THIS nine-year-old schoolgirl will be wrapping up tightly this weekend as she ditches her home comforts to sleep rough in Chichester for the night.
Ella Allchin, a pupil at the Summerlea Primary School, in Windsor Drive, Rustington, is one of the youngest people taking part at this year’s Big Sleep Out event, at Chichester Cathedral, on Saturday.
The brave youngster, who was touched by the hardship many homeless people face when living on the streets during winter, will be wrapped up in a sleeping bag, with only a cardboard box to give her shelter.
Ella’s proud father Simon has been helping her with her preparations.
“This is entirely Ella’s idea,” he said. “We were speaking about homeless people and the terrible conditions they face when living rough and she was just inspired to do something to help them.
“She is a very kind little girl and is actually pretty excited about taking part in the Big Sleep Out.
“She has been telling all of her school friends about it, too. They’ve all been very supportive. So have the teachers.”
The evening is being organised by homeless Chichester-based charity Stone Pillow. The charity covers the Chichester and Arun districts, offering shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives.