Pupils learn about homelessness from inspiring fundraiser

Some High School of Dundee pupils have been learning about homelessness from an inspiring fundraiser.

Pupils learn about homelessness from inspiring fundraiser

Richard Roncero has been sleeping rough in some of the UK’s biggest cities for five weeks, to raise awareness and funds for the Edinburgh charity he founded, Steps to Hope, which aids and supports the homeless and those suffering from addiction.

As he prepared to spend his penultimate night sleeping out, Higher Modern Studies pupils had the chance to meet and speak to Richard via a Zoom call.

He spoke to the class about his current fundraising mission - which has taken him to Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Aberdeen and Dundee - and the difficulties that homeless people face.

He also shared his experiences of childhood trauma and becoming, then recovering as an addict, before talking about the work of Steps to Hope and taking part in a Q&A with the pupils.

Karlene Douglas said, “The class study social inequality as part of their course, so it was very impactful for the pupils to meet Richard and to hear about the work that his charity does, the challenge that he’s currently undertaking and the challenges that homeless people face every day.”

Richard’s fundraiser, which ends in Dundee on Saturday, has so far raised more than £49k. If you’d like to donate, please got to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Sleeprough5weeks5cities?invite=true&fbclid=IwAR00Avx8fv9q8mO8L17UnvkiW6YcViMzDmdqsTGhsiQWY_KozwVu7xHZvz0