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Sixth Form students at Accrington Academy have raised over £900 for Children in Need as part of week-long fundraising campaign.       

As part of the Academy’s whole-school commitment to Education with Character – nurturing character, compassion and service amongst students – charity is an incredibly important part of the Sixth Form Student Union’s role. They therefore chose to focus their energy this half-term on raising as much money as possible for the BBC’s vital charity, which seeks to change the lives of young people across the UK.

In order to make the biggest impact and raise greatest awareness about Children in Need this week, the Student Union Team created a fundraising campaign that every student could take part in. This included a special non-uniform day for staff and students, as well as putting on a whole host of fun games and activities during each break-time this week. These included a football penalty shoot-out, basketball hoop shoots and an obstacle course.

Across the week, students also put their maths problem-solving skills to the test by trying to correctly guess the amount of sweets in a jar. Year 9 student Amaarah proved the winner of that particular challenge – successfully guessing 289 as the total.

Overall, the activities raised a grand total of £934.82, which will be added to the BBC’s overall fundraising sum alongside proceeds from their annual television special tonight.

Discussing their fundraising success, Beth, Student President said:

“Children in Need is a charity that we all jumped at the chance to raise money for, especially as proceeds go to local charities such as Nightsafe that house and support the young and homeless in our area. I’m unbelievably proud of the Accrington Academy students and I am more than delighted with the amount we have managed to raise. A big thank you also goes out to everybody who has contributed.”

James Kerfoot, Headteacher at Accrington Academy, said:

“All our students and staff can be proud of the amount raised this year for Children in Need, which will go to support vital work here in our community and in others around the country. To see the time, energy and dedication that our Sixth Form Student Union have put in all week to get everyone involved in fundraising has been wonderful. They are excellent role models for our younger students, who I know have been inspired to think more about how they can give back in their own lives. This is exactly the sort of initiative and compassion we hope to instil in them as part of an Education with Character.”

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