The Sixth Form Charity Committee
Supporting a wide variety of local, national and international charities, and introducing new events, The Sixth Form Charity committee’s efforts and results this academic year have been record-breaking with over £12,000 being raised. The Bransford Trust, which encourages the charitable activities of organisations engaged with the arts, music, education, and well-being of young people in the Worcester area, has responded to our efforts by doubling a number of the amounts we have raised.
We began our endeavours with a focus on supporting a mental health charity for young people and a new innovation – a fun run. World Mental Health day and the charity Young Minds ‘Hello Yellow’ campaign, coincided with our plans to raise awareness about the often unseen and untreated mental health issues of young people. The fun run along the towpath, with participants dressed in shades of yellow, was undertaken by over 100 students and staff who paid to enter. A cake sale at the end of the run helped to increase our fundraising. Exit collections at School concerts and other events, and the matching arrangement from The Bransford Trust mean that we sent £3,180.86 to Young Minds.
Pink Day just before the autumn half term raised £853.17 for Breast Cancer Now. To achieve this amount, Sixth Form students and staff paid for the privilege of wearing pink for the day and we sold pink t-shirts, hand-embossed by members of the committee with the pink ribbon logo. A profitable sale of pink and sparkly cakes and confectionery and pink ribbons completed our efforts.
The Alzheimer's Society
In the second half of the autumn term we decided to support The Alzheimer’s Society. The charity supports those who suffer from this form of dementia and their families, and contributes to important research into treatments. A number of exit collections showed the generous nature of parents and friends attending school events. Our Christmas jumper day for the Sixth Form students, and the Monitors’ carol-singing yielded more funds. Our profits for The Alzheimer’s Society was £676.60, which was doubled by the Bransford Trust to £1,353.20. Half of the collection after the carol service was also donated to The Alzheimer’s Society.
Senior Citizen's Christmas party
Our final efforts of the autumn term were directed towards the Senior Citizens’ Christmas party which was hosted by the Upper Sixth. It was a very happy occasion with over 80 guests from the local area being entertained by a variety show which included dance and music in many forms. A particular highlight was our own ‘Strictly’ dance group who performed a jive to ‘Rock Around the Clock’. A Christmas tea was followed with a raffle in which the elves distributed donated gifts. Carol singing, which rounded off the afternoon, got everyone into the Christmas spirit.
In the spring we supported Worcester Snoezelen, an independent charity which runs a leisure therapy centre for people with a variety of disabilities. The unusual name comes from two Dutch therapists who experimented with a sensory tent to increase enjoyment for those with intellectual disabilities. The word ‘snoezelen’ is a contraction of the Dutch verbs “snuffelen” (to seek and explore) and “doezelen” (to relax).
Fourth Form disco was our first fund-raising event. We set up and run the event, organised goodies and glowsticks, ran competitions for best dancers and best dressed fourth formers as well as led the dancing.
A Valentine’s Day cake sale and a number of exit collections at musical and dance events followed. We raised in total £950 which was doubled by The Bransford Trust. We were able to send Snoezelen the great total of £1,900!
Water Aid and Marine Conservation
Green Day was a great success with money being raiwater-relatedater related charities: Water Aid is an international charity working to tackle the lack of clean water in many countries by delivering a supply of clean water and toilets and promoting good hygiene. Marine Conservation aims to manage our relationship with the sea in ways that allow the wealth of marine wildlife to thrive, now and for future generations. The green and blue themed non-uniform day, a cake sale and the name-the-whale competition were among the activities organised. Charlie Wong (U6CL) became the proud parent of Squirt, the cuddly King’s killer whale! With the help of The Bransford Trust we were able to send over £900 to each of our Green Day charities.
East African Crisis Appeal
In the summer term we decided to raise money for the East African Crisis Appeal by Oxfam to support efforts to help with the famine and droughts which are being experienced by a number of countries. Generously at concert and drama exit collections has meant that we were able to donate £552 to the appeal.
Individual charity fundraisers
The committee supported three Sixth Form students in their independent efforts to raise money for their chosen charities through sponsored sky diving at Hinton Air Field. They were encouraged and helped by Mr Wilson, a regular diver. Katie Harvey organised a fun badminton tournament for the Sixth Form and ran a cake sale to help pay for the dive and raise her sponsorship profile for the mental health charity SANE. Katie raised £655. Neil Seymour, jumped in aid of The Alzeimer’s Society and raised over £900. Both these sums will be matched by The Bransford Trust, bringing the totals to £1,300 and £1,800 respectively. Ollie Wild made a late decision to join what was grandly named as The King’s School Skydiving team! Jake Main (FFW) also took advantage Mr Wilson’s connections and completed a fund-raising dive.
Fort Royal Garden Party
The year ended with another memorable Fort Royal Garden Party, our biggest ever, with 167 children and 98 staff from Fort Royal Community School attending. The event was organised by the committee with the help of Heads of Houses and was hosted by the whole of L6th. Bouncy castles, Tom Foolery with his magic show and Punch and Judy were very popular as usual, but other activities including face painting, football, basketball, ‘beach’ games, a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, were excellent this year: The new addition of fun science experiments proved equally popular. The catering team managed to feed over 400 children, staff and students with BBQ, salads and ice-creams. And, despite the rumours of thundery showers, the weather stayed dry and we even had a little sunshine!
There has been plenty of excellent other fund-raising around the school and in houses this term and we would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed in some way to improving the lives of others and the environment for all of us.