'This money will save a life this Christmas' - two schools present cheques to charities they have been fundraising for this year
Two schools showcased the fundraising efforts they achieved this year with cheque presentations to their chosen charities.
County Upper School and Horringer Court Middle School, both in Bury St Edmunds, managed to raise phenomenal sums for local causes.
Students at County Upper School in Beetons Way raised an astounding £15,493 for five charities chosen by the pupils.
Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Papyrus all received £3,000 from the school.
Vicky Neale, headteacher, said: “It just shows County as a community can raise such a phenomenal amount of money.
“The charities can’t believe it.”
Pupils used every break and lunchtime within the last few weeks to raise the funds.
They used interesting and unique ways of fundraising such as their own ‘Total Wipe Out’, trampolining and food stalls to raise the cash.
Mark Wilson, community fund-raiser for the EEEA, said: “We are delighted with this fantastic donation of £3,000.
“This money will save a life this Christmas in East Anglia. The students have worked tremendously hard and are a bunch of inspiring people.”
A video was prepared to
show the charity representatives how the students had raised
Tony Golding, volunteer fund-raiser for Each, said: “It is absolutely brilliant. It is very humble to see what they have done. Really it is great that they have enjoyed it.”
Horringer Court Middle School in Glastonbury Road held a Christmas carol service with a cheque presentation to the three charities they chose to support this term.
The carol service was held in St Mary’s Church in Bury.
The school raised in total £4,922.05.
Each house in the school voted for a charity to support – Framlingham house chose Crossways Community charity, and managed to raise £1,584.37 which is a Christian charity which helps provide residential care and support for adults with mental health issues.
Lidgate house supported the Bury Drop In and donated £2,037.94 to the charity which provides free meals and drinks to the homeless.
Orford house are supporting the Stroke Association which supports everyone affected by stroke.
The children raised £1,299.74 for the charity.
Steve Palmer, head of the school, said: “We try to keep the charities local.
“The children organised cake sales, sponsored events and a Christmas fair in the school.”
During the carol service, children performed in an orchestra, delivered readings and sang as a choir.
Mr Palmer added: “Charities are a really important part of what we do in school.
“The amount they raised shows children continue to get involved and this is very important for the children to learn about.”