There is a semantic field of proudness at Minsthorpe Community College due to their efforts during charity week in December 2015, when they raised almost £2000 for the following charities:
- Cancer Research UK
- Age UK
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance
- Help for Heroes
- The Fire Fighters Charity
- Diabetes UK
"I think it was a great idea" said Josh, a Year 7 student, "I had a lot of fun doing the activities and wearing different clothes than usual." The College raised £1986.86 in total, and are extremely proud of their achievement. "I think charity week was an amazing idea that sparked students’ interests extremely well" said an anonymous source, "In addition to this, it helped students learn about the charities and realise how fortunate they are, whilst having fun and helping others."
The events were planned by the C.A.T members (College Action Team) who volunteered their time after school to choose charities to support and determine the activities that took place. During the week, students had a chance to take part in competitions such as ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ and ‘Santa’s little helper’ in which students guessed which picture was their teacher as a baby. "I think the activities were exciting and stimulating" said Ebony, another Year 7 student.
The charities then wrote back to the College, and some of the things they said were:
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you and tell you how amazing we think you and all the staff and students at Minsthorpe Community College are"
"Thank you for helping to create a world where people can learn to love later life"
"I would like to thank you for your continuous support and generous donation"
Yorkshire Air Ambulance
"With your support, we will now strive to help even more people in need"
The Fire Fighters Charity
"Thank you so much for your continued support"
Help for Heroes
On Monday 29th February Lynne Desborough, Local Fundraising Manager visited the College to accept a cheque for £857.28 for Cancer Research UK, who the students had nominated for their donation. Meeting with the Student Council and members of the Post 16 Leadership Team, Lynne briefed the students on the progress in research being made by the 4000 scientists based in thirty UK towns and cities, including Leeds and Sheffield.
"We don’t receive Government funding, so every penny raised means a lot" said Lynne. "It’s great to hear about the creative ways and hard work that the students at Minsthorpe have put into their fundraising. They’ve done a great job and the money they have raised will help us beat cancer sooner."
By: Caitlin Gillatt and Josie Wright, Year 8 students.