SCHOOL pupils will be backing a campaign to end homelessness next Friday.

Borough-based Real Change Wigan and Leigh has invited schools to take part in a non-uniform day in return for each pupil donating £1.

The charity provides support for people who need help getting back on their feet after being homeless.

Meadowbank Primary School in Atherton is leading the awareness day.

Head teacher Nicky Hill said: “As a school we feel it is important our pupils understand that they have a role to play within their local community.

“Pupils, staff and governors at Meadowbank Primary School and Atherton Start Well Family Centre strive to make a difference for everyone."

Wigan Council staff are also taking part in the day to show their support and to boost funds.

Cllr Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for welfare and homelessness, said: “Taking part in the non-uniform day is a very simple but effective way to raise awareness and hopefully a significant amount of money for Real Change.

“Tackling homelessness is more than just offering a bed for the night.

"It’s about supporting people, understanding their circumstances and helping them to rebuild their lives.

“By donating to Real Change you can be assured your money is going to help the people who really need it.

"We’d encourage people to give differently if they do want to do their bit to help.”

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