Here at Levendale, the School Council are instrumental in deciding which charities we will support during any given academic year.
As ever, our first fund-raiser of the year was the ever-popular ‘Jeans for Genes’ day (http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/) on Friday 23rd September. We raised a fantastic £191.50 for this extremely worthwhile cause.
Our annual Harvest Festival in October saw a huge collection of foodstuffs for ‘A Way Out’, a charity to help vulnerable women and children in Stockton (http://www.awayout.co.uk/).
We also supported the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in November, raising £xxx. As part of this work, our Head Boy/Girl and their Deputies visited Stockton’s Garden of Remembrance and laid poppy crosses on behalf of the staff, Governors and children of Levendale.
November also saw a new fund-raiser on the school calendar, with the school donning onesies or pyjamas in support of juvenile Type I diabetes. We raised £228.39 for a cause that is close to our hearts as a member of our school family has this condition.
The Year 5 children always run a charity support day late in the Autumn Term, linked to their R.E. unit of ‘Caring at Christmas’. This year they raised £167 for Christmas Jumper Day in school and also £180.53 for Crisis at Christmas (http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html).
The UNICEF movie night in December, organised through the School Council and Rights Respecting Schools Steering Committee raised £221.
The school-wide sponsored read in March raised a stunning £1144.27, with half coming back to the school and half being donated to Book Aid.
Foundation Stage’s Giant Wiggle in March raised the fantastic amount of £420.90.
On Friday 31st March, we supported the NSPCC’s Big Board Game Day in school, with children in all age groups bringing in board games to play (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events/big-board-game-day/). It was a huge success, raising £117.83 for the NSPCC.
We participated in our annual fundraiser for ‘Jeans for Genes’ (http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/) on September 25th, raising £176.53 for this very worthwhile cause.
Our Harvest Assembly on October 14th once again was used to accept food donations for ‘A Way Out’ (http://www.awayout.co.uk/) and monetary donations this year were accepted for the Great North Air Ambulance (http://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/) in memory of Michael Sadler, an ex-pupil of ours who so tragically died in June.
Pictured above are Elliott Heald, George Gowland, Allysha Shafie and Evie Conway after filling the boot of Mr Beadnall’s car with food donations and transporting them to the headquarters of ‘A Way Out’ on Stockton Quayside. The staff were hugely grateful for the enormous quantity of donations and I have been asked to pass on their thanks to the parents, children and staff of Levendale.
Donations made following the Harvest Assembly in support of The Great North Air Ambulance currently total £144.66. If any other parents who were not at the Harvest Assembly (bearing in mind that only EY parents attended) would like to make a donation at the School Office, please feel free to do so. We will send the collected money off over half-term.
Our Y5s were busy at the end of the Autumn Term organising a fundraising day in school which comprised a Christmas jumper fashion show, a cake sale and a donation appeal for clothing and toiletries. The charities supported from these events were Save The Children, Macmillan Cancer Support, In Out Of The Cold and Crisis at Christmas. Altogether, £342.35 was raised in cash for these good causes and three enormous boxes of clothing and toiletries were donated to a homeless charity based in Middlesbrough.
Each year, we also raise funds for the Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal: we received our certificate for the 2015 appeal on February 22nd 2016, showing that we raised a staggering £524.26, a phenomenal total.
Thank you all SO much for your generosity so far this year – as ever, it is very much appreciated and will make such a difference to those in need, whatever that need might be.
This year’s Harvest Assembly gathered monetary donations in support of Cancer Research (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/), food donations in support of ‘A Way Out’ (http://www.awayout.co.uk/) – a local charity supporting women and young people who are at risk – and also our Foundation Stage organised a cake and refreshment sale to fund the purchase of new waterproof outfits for our Mud Kitchen.
The sheer quantity of food donations was staggering – bag after bag after bag of food arrived in school and we had the Meeting Room table groaning under the weight of your generosity.
We received a lovely letter from the CEO of ‘A Way Out’ following our donation:
“I wanted to write and thank you and the staff, children and parents for the very generous donation of Harvest Goods. This will make such a difference to the lives of the women who access our services and will allow us to continue to support them in this small but significant way.
It is such an encouragement to us that you have caught hold of something of the vision of A Way Out and wish to support us. The money you have saved us by donating this food means that we can continue to reach out to women, young people and families in the North East in a real and tangible way, bringing hope, freedom and wholeness into desperate and challenging circumstances.”
The money raised from the Foundation Stage cake/refreshment sale totalled £145.
The money raised for Cancer Research from the monetary collection following the Assembly totalled £90.04.
Added together, this represents phenomenal generosity on the part of the children and parents of Levendale: thank you all – it is VERY much appreciated.