11 Sixth Form students were left buzzing with excitement after completing the London to Brighton cycle ride for charity. The £6,500 fundraising total for the challenge placed them second on British Heart Foundation’s national leaderboard.
This latest event concludes a successful year of student-led fundraising with a total of £33,000 raised. Over 50 students were involved in running events, coming together to form a competent and passionate team.
Students were invited to run their own charity event, and there was some weird and wonderful ideas. Some many highlights include: Joe and James’ 4-hour-Funkathon, Alice and Cara’s 100km walk, and Luke’s sponsored silence.
Every student who led an event chose a charity they were passionate about to fundraise for. Make-A-Wish, British Heart Foundation, Hospice of St. Francis, MacMillan, St. Luke’s Hospice and YoungMinds were all supported in the year.
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Sam Phillips, Year 12 said “For us, as students, fundraising is about much more than money. The amount we raised could fully fund a wish for a seriously ill child, a month’s worth of BHF’s lab equipment, 60 heart scans for BHF clinical trials, 6 months of care from a MacMillan nurse, support for 65 parents who call the YoungMinds help line, and training for 55 young teens suffering from mental health problems.
“Fundraising also gives us a unique opportunity to develop skills for later life. The organisation, communication and commitment learnt and shown by the team has been key to our success this year.”
Fundraising target – aiming high
The committee of students will be aiming even higher next year with an ambitious target of £100,000.
Ben Howell takes over in September as the new Head of Student Charity 2018 – 2019 and a new system has been put in place so all students from Year 7 and above have the chance to not only take part in, but also run their own events.
2018/19 will not doubt bring new and even more exciting fundraising ideas.
Report by Sam Phillips, Head of Student Charity 2017/18