Brooke Weston got in the Christmas spirit this week and raised over £1,500 for a homeless charity while having fun. Money was amassed from a mufti collection and the Christmas market that Year 10 students ran on two consecutive days.
The celebrations started on Tuesday when the lower school students had a non-uniform day and enjoyed the market, disco and a festive Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The following day it was the turn of the upper school students to wear mufti and get into a festive mood.
The Christmas market had a variety of stalls that the students devised and ran as part of their citizenship lessons. The football computer game proved very popular as was the scheme to be photographed with Mrs Santa, aka Bethany Wilkins. She said: ‘It has been quite popular, it is all for charity and we have really enjoyed it.’ Other stalls included competitions including ‘name the tiger’ and guess the celebrity, as well as the chance to buy goodies such as chocolate and home-made fudge.
During the last assembly of term the choir sang ‘Circle of Life,' a song that had featured in the recent Elton John showcase, then Miss Stringer handed out prizes won at the Christmas market. George Owen of 7S won the tiger, named Merlin, while Ross Ward of 8E was presented with his raffle prize of a teddy bear.
Miss Stringer wished all our students a happy and safe Christmas and congratulated the Year 10 students as they had raised hundreds of pounds during the Christmas market, the largest amount ever for that event. That, combined with the total from the mufti collections, meant that she presented a cheque for £1,527.32 to Mr Richard Appleby, manager of the Northampton Hope Centre.
The charity, which was established in 1974, offers support, advice and meals to the homeless of Northampton. Each day they see around 90 clients and the service costs around £12,500 each month to run.
Mr Appleby told the students: ‘On Christmas day we will have 90 people through our doors who won’t have a normal Christmas, who will not have a family, who will not get a present and who will go back to the streets after we close. This cheque will really help. What you are doing here reaching out to those people. Thank you from all at the Hope Centre and I hope you enjoy your Christmases.’