More than £1,500 has been raised for charities recently, both by Brooke Weston as a whole, but also by a tutor group, a duo and an individual.
The mufti day held at the end of term three raised £1,162.40 which was split between a cystic fibrosis charity and Headway, that deals with people affected by head injuries. They were selected as students had contacted Miss Stringer to tell her of their associations with them; one had a family member with cystic fibrosis while another had been assigned work experience at Headway and continues to carry out voluntary work for the organisation.
Sponsored silences proved a popular money-making scheme with both 8K, who held theirs at the beginning of the term and Megan McClymont from 8T, who did her challenge at the end of last term.
She raised £123.55 for Cancer Research while 8K have just finished collecting £300 that was pledged for their silence. Their money is being donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital after a group vote. Both Megan and 8K managed to keep quiet from 08:35 until 16:05, communicating with teachers and their friends through sign language and notebooks.
Megan said: ‘I wanted to support Cancer Research for family reasons, It was quite hard to keep quiet for the whole day. It is the first time I have done something by myself for charity but I want to do more as I enjoyed it.’
Syan Bishop from 8T and Samantha Gill from 8N also raised money for the local charity Animals in Need which is based in Little Irchester caring for sick, injured and abandoned animals.
Miss Stringer said: ‘Each year Brooke Weston raises a significant amount corporately through mufti day collections which is distributed to both local and national causes. Thanks to the students and staff this academic year we have made donations to the Royal British Legion, Lakelands Hospice, British Heart Foundation, Children in Need, Northampton Hope Centre and Help for Heroes, as well as these new causes of Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Headway.
‘However, it is especially gratifying when students like Megan, Syan and Samantha and tutor groups like 8K decide to do extra fund-raising. Their efforts demonstrate that young people can and do make a difference for causes that are especially significant to them.’