Formerly homeless student undertakes awareness challenge


Posted on 19 November 2012
“Before coming to University, I spent two years without a permanent address, so this is an issue close to my heart." John Morris

A Keele University student who was homeless before enrolling on his course will be sleeping rough this week to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

Starting on Tuesday 20th November, John Morris, a 19-year-old politics undergraduate, will be making himself homeless for three days on behalf of Team V, part of national voluntary organisation, vInvolved, which helps raise awareness of the 75,000 homeless 18-25 year-olds across the UK.

John will be living without money or food for the full three days and only carrying enough clothes to keep him warm. He plans to spend his first night in Newcastle before moving to Stoke-on-Trent and Keele University Campus. John will be joined by a student camera crew who will be recording his journey as part of a documentary.

John comments: “Before coming to University, I spent two years without a permanent address, so this is an issue close to my heart. It’s very easy for people to turn a blind eye to homelessness, which is why I was so keen to do the project and help raise awareness of youth homelessness. This week is going to be a big challenge, especially at this time of year when the nights are getting much colder, but we’re really looking forward to getting started.”

Professor Nick Foskett, Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, adds: “It is brilliant to see one of our students using their own experience to raise the profile of such an important cause in the region and we wish him the best of luck over the coming few days.”