A SPONSORED sleep-out by students in Eastleigh has raised over £1,000 for homeless charity Crisis.Last week (March 27) 30 students and four staff from Barton Peveril College spent the night in sub-zero temperatures, using boxes and blankets for warmth.

Student Committee president Harry Spicer, said:“No one here can imagine doing this every day. We're well aware that our experience was a very tame version of a harsh reality and that we were fuelled by the energy and adrenalin of it all.

“I think it's given us all the ability to empathise more, but we still don't really understand what it's like to be homeless. These are real people and they need a little bit of love and compassion.”

The committee raised £1,000 in sponsorship and will be collecting donations until mid-April