Charity begins at home for students

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Charity begins at home, so they say, and last week was no exception as students at Tadcaster Grammar School held a Charity Week within their various houses.

The students of Calcaria, Oglethorpe, Dawson and Fairfax went house to house to see who could raise the most funds for their elected charities; Martin House Children’s Hospice, York People First, The Wilberforce Trust and York Teaching Hospital respectively.

The list of fundraising events was impressive too, with every house pulling out all the stops. There was a home-made jewellery stall, various cake stalls, non-uniform day and teachers also joined in the fun as they tackled a three-legged football match against the students. Several teachers were also good sports getting a thorough soaking in the stocks as they were sponged.

“Special recognition must go to Calcaria’s Ryan Stead; a Year nine student who raised the magnificent sum of £140 through a sponsored silence,” said Deputy Headteacher, Cayte Mulhern.

“Lisa Donnelly and Jenny Howes from Year 12, representing Dawson, also deserve special mention as they supported Mrs Gibson and Mrs Foulds to run a nail bar and spa over lunchtime, supplying all the nail varnish,” she added.

House charity winners were Calcaria who raised more than £500. The total amount collected now stands at £1600 and will be distributed to the various charities before the end of term.

“As part of the School’s commitment to working with our local community, our House groups adopted local charities. Each House learnt about the work of their charity and also had the opportunity to meet informally with the charities over a lunchtime period,” said Ms Mulhern. “I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to this wonderful event. The students should be proud that all their efforts have made a huge difference.”