A Time For Giving
It’s the season of goodwill and many of you will be donating money to charities at Christmas. If you believe what certain newspapers report you would think teenagers are selfish and don’t care, but in the past year our students have raised thousands.
Not only are they generous with their time they are also keen to raise money and help others. Every week there are students selling cakes and raffle tickets or running an event to raise money for a charity.
Just recently Progression to Care students, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, set up a cake stall and raffle. One student, Ewan Ley, did an amazing job gathering some fantastic prizes from local businesses worth around £750, and his father has promised to match the students total up to £1,000.
A number of students are still collecting and raising money for their Entrepreneurship Week where the total has already reached several thousand pounds and is still climbing. They decided how they would raise it and came up with 24 sports in 24 hours, bag packing at Marks and Spencer, raffles, snack stalls, three boys had their heads shaved, a sponsored sports day and science students had a sponsored event involving a skeleton!
Then there was our science student Poppy Cruse, an amazing girl who was being treated for Hodgkin Lymphoma and decided to raise £900 by having her long locks cut to make a wig for a child being treated for cancer. Her thoughtfulness led many more to donate to such a worthy cause and she ended up raising a couple of hundred pounds short of £5,000. She was thinking of others instead of herself.
This warmth of generosity is obvious in every department . Just recently the Progression to Hairdressing students were putting glitter on faces, hair and beards as part of fund raising towards a new playground for a special needs school.
Colin Shaw, vice principal quality and student experience, said;” I never cease to be amazed by the ideas and generosity of our students, they have a very giving attitude’.