This year’s fundraising efforts have been very successful, and that has been down to the hard work of the Committee members, who were Lower Sixth Students, including Pardeep Singh Japper, John Price, Priya Mehta, Anamika Tura, Isobel Sharma, Grace Rowlands and Elizabeth Mahon.
The autumn term was a very busy one for Fundraising Committee, with many successful events supporting a range of different charities. The first event of the year that the new Committee helped to organise was the McMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning early on in the autumn term. The Coffee Morning, also organised by Miss Jones, raised £217 for the charity. In October, we were approached by Amreet Bahia, a year 8 student, who proposed selling wrist bands in school for Delete Blood Cancer, which was a charity that is close to her family. The bands were sold in school, raising a considerable amount for Amreet’s charity, she and her family also held a charity ball. For rest of the term, Fundraising Committee was busy planning a non-uniform day in November in aid of the Children’s Society. We were lucky to have a representative from The Children’s Society collect the £1,072 that the school had raised for the charity at the End of Term assembly. Alongside the efforts for The Children’s Society, we were also raising money for Crisis, a charity dedicated to helping the homeless. We raised £162 for Crisis, after doing a cake and samosa sale, which are always successful, and a raffle.
The spring term was dedicated to fundraising for Uganda, which was undertaken by the pupils going on the Uganda, in addition, in the latter half of the term, Fundraising Committee was supporting and raising money for Cancer Research UK, which was our biggest and most successful fundraisers throughout the year. In April 2015, there was a non-uniform day and the annual sponsored 1 mile swim completed by Mr Uppal, Mrs Munson, Mrs Harris, Mrs Grigat and Mrs Ward. Overall, we managed to raise £1452.77 for Cancer Research UK.
Normally, this would have been our last major charity fundraiser of the year, but there was the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25th April which the Committee wanted to fundraise for. The charity we decided to support was DEC Nepal, the organisation uniting all charities to collect money for aid after the earthquake. We organised for donation cans to be placed in the Derry Hall and the Sixth Form canteen, as well as collecting money around school, which raised £393.46 for DEC Nepal. We also held a non- uniform day in June, which meant that we raised £643.30 in total. Towards the end of the summer term, we were doing sweet and samosas sales, as well as on Sports Day, which raised £283.46 for Hope and Compassion. This charity also gives support to Nepal, particularly the villages surrounding Kathmandu.
This has been a very successful year for Fundraising Committee, as we managed to raise just over £3,500 for six different charities, and we are very grateful to Mr Uppal, who leads the Fundraising Committee meetings at 1:30 every Monday in the SSR, Sixth Form Centre. Fundraising Committee is open to all years, and is always willing to aid any other students who come to Committee with a fundraising idea.