Year 11 students took the initiative in raising awareness and funds for two national charities by running whole Academy events and raising just under a £1000 in just two weeks!
Week commencing 26th September saw a different event each day to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Year 11 students Leigh Prestage, Chloe Sheldon, April Chilton and Isabella Sykes started the ball rolling by organising their own stall as a way of helping get cancer patients more support. This led to both they and the Academy encouraging other students to get involved. The result was a raft of activities including cake stalls, a name the bear competition, guess the number of sweets in a jar, hula hoop competition, raffles and tuck stalls. Run in conjunction with the 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' for Macmillan Cancer Support, an impressive £496.62 was raised.
The following week (w/c 5/10) saw yet another student led fundraising drive. Instigated and arranged by Head Student Connor Maw, the Academy supported Jeans for Genes day. For a small donation staff and students were given the opportunity to wear jeans and footwear of their choice, with normal uniform from the waist upwards. A brilliant £471.94 was raised for the Genetic Orders UK charity which aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.
Mr Davies the Principal, says "Since the Academy opened in 2009 we have raised just over £12,000 for local and National Charities as well as providing gifts for families at Christmas, books and toys for hospital waiting rooms and food parcels for the homeless. The Academy is proud of the achievements of the students and especially when the students take the lead themselves".