They were silent, they collected secondhand clothes and they raised awareness of their charity. In all, the students of Gordon’s School, Woking raised over £3,000 for local charities.
The challenge was set by First Give, a charity that encourages young people to give their time and talent to improve their community. Students from Year 9 from the Surrey boarding school identified social issues and engaged with local charities set up to tackle them. Then they set about fundraising and increasing awareness.
All were competing for a cheque for £1,000 from First Give for their chosen charity.
The students picked the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society; Stepping Stones for people with Down’s Syndrome; Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis and Woking and Sam Beare Hospice.
One of the teams undertook a sponsored 200k run, walk, swim to raise awareness of the fact that around 200 people are diagnosed with MS each month. Another appealed to staff and students to bring in their good quality secondhand clothes for stock in charity shops. There were also sponsored silences; selling sweets and shaking collection buckets.
The four teams then went before a panel of seven judges who listened to their presentations. Sadly many of those in the teams had first hand experience of their chosen charity, so the presentations were impassioned and informed.
Class 4 of Y9 PSHE raised £857 for their charity Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. They were voted winners of the challenge and were presented with a cheque for £1,000 from First Give which will be added to the money already raised by them for the hospice charity they care so deeply about.
Speaking afterwards, the Head of PSHE Anna Hutchings said: “I am so proud of the Year 9 Students. Each class did a brilliant job and each raised awareness and money for their charities. “