Tuesday 6th March 2018

South West

To encourage the students to become involved with the wider community and think of those in real need, students were asked to organise their own Charity Day. This responsibility was divided into individual houses to raise money for, and awareness of, their chosen charity.

A spokesman for the Dorcan Academy said: “Students in Osprey House at The Dorcan Academy began preparations for their charity day back in October 2017. The first decision was which charity to support.

Unanimously, the students chose Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Next the brainstorming of ideas began. Osprey’s diligent House and Tutor Ambassadors went back to their tutor groups to decide on which activities they would like to hold to raise money. They then began to formalise their plans. Staff contacted the Teenage Cancer Trust to make them aware of the fundraising activities planned and they were incredibly supportive of the students’ efforts."

“Osprey students gave up their break times to sell tickets, cakes, sweets and Teenage Cancer Trust badges. One of the ideas was to contact Aldi, who were amazingly generous donating a hamper to raffle at the school. The raffle proved to be a hit with staff, students and parents alike, raising £90 towards the overall grand total of £341.27."

Last week the school welcomed Charlotte Porter, the regional fundraiser for the charity who came along to collect the cheque and meet some of the students responsible for running the event.

She said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to meet and thank the wonderful staff and students of Osprey House. On behalf of everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and efforts in organising this fantastic fundraising event!

The money Osprey House have worked so hard to raise will help us continue with our work, ensuring that every young person diagnosed with cancer has access to the best possible care and professional support throughout and beyond their cancer journey.

Head teacher Sherryl Bareham said: “The Dorcan Academy is always proud of its students but is especially so when they give so freely of their time and energy to those with real need in our community.”