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£1000 for Teenage Cancer Trust!

We were delighted to welcome Abby Batchelor from Teenage Cancer Trust on Thursday 9th May to collect a cheque for £1000 after last week's fundraiser organised by our BTEC Business Group.  The team was joined by teachers Mr Cheeseman, Mr Davies (pictured left and inside left) and Miss Pearson (inside right)  to pose for a picture with Abbie (right) and a presentational cheque provided by Lloyds TSB. 

The team of Sixth Form students held two days of fundraising events for the Teenage Cancer Trust on Monday & Tuesday 29th & 30th April.  The Sixth Form common room opened its doors to staff and students over lunchtime on both days, with various stalls open to generate funds for the charity.  The school has supported Teenage Cancer Trust for a number of years, raising thousands of pounds through events such as Lauren’s Walk, an annual fundraiser taking in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Crawshaw student Lauren Kisby. 

The Team!

The event was organised by the Year 13 BTec Business group as part of one of their course modules, and the team threw themselves into it wholeheartedly, going above and beyond to prepare all aspects of the event.  With the guidance of Mr Davies (Head of Business & ICT), Mr Cheeseman and Miss Pearson (Teachers of Business,) the students liaised with Teenage Cancer Trust throughout their preparations and purchased badges and wrist bands to sell in order to raise extra funds and awareness.  The team promoted the event by presenting to the rest of the school during a series of assemblies and they will follow up with further presentations afterwards. 

The activities included a ‘guess the teacher’ baby photograph competition, treasure hunt, tombola, cake sale, raffle and tuck shop.  Monday was so busy that the students had to buy more prizes and goodies ready for Tuesday.  The atmosphere on Tuesday was once again positive as staff and students visited during their lunch breaks to get involved with the activities.  Other Sixth Form students who were not in the team were inspired to support their peers by helping run the various stalls.  

This continues a strong tradition of fundraising in the school, particularly at Sixth Form level and within the Business Studies Department, who have driven and represented the school in other activities such as the Children in Need Apprentice Challenge.  Cath Pheasey, Assistant Headteacher Post 16 said “It is both inspiring and encouraging to see our students display such enthusiasm and entrepreneurialism.  Teenage Cancer Trust is close to the hearts of our students and staff as so many of them were close to Lauren Kisby and remain in contact with her family.  We are very proud of how the students have approached this and the amount raised has been worth all the effort they have put in.”

A special thanks must go to parents Debbie Williams and Susan Williford for kindly donating hampers for prizes.  Thanks also to Morrisons, Lyndsey Richards (Pudsey,) Joseph Firth Ltd, Old Booths Tea Room (Pudsey) and Lady Grande for donating prizes.  The support is greatly appreciated. 

The total raised over the two days was £877.78, an amount which has since been rounded up to £1000 thanks to a generous donation by parent, Lee Foster.  The students and staff did the school proud and we are now liaising with Teenage Cancer Trust to set up an opportunity for them to present the charity with a cheque.  Well done to everyone involved!