Supporting good causes has always been a proud Ridgeway tradition. This year, students chose Claire House Children’s Hospice as the charity they wished to support during our fundraising day on Friday 15 December.
As it says on their website, Claire House “helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support we help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.”
Students’ understanding of the work of Claire House was deepened by an assembly delivered by Mr Charles, whose daughter was supported by Claire House in the final weeks of her short life.
As always, students rose to the challenge on the day, taking part in a variety of fundraising activities. Some created their own fundraising schemes such as a sponsored silence. We held a raffle and allowed students to wear a Christmas jumper for the day in return for a donation. In total, the school raised in excess of £800—a fantastic achievement.
Two Year 7 students—Katlin Jebb and Rhianna Lundy-King—both of whom were deeply involved in the fundraising activities, accompanied Mr Charles to Claire House to present them with the cheque.
Mr Charles said afterwards: “So many people came together to make the day an incredible success. I want to thank our suppliers who pitched in by donating prizes. Also, this day would not have worked so successfully without the efforts of Ms Williams, our Deputy Head, who coordinated numerous events.
Above all, I am incredibly grateful to the students and parents who got involved. Parents were passing money from cars and at one point a bus driver, who had collected money at the depot, handed Mr Taylor a cheque. The generosity of the local community was simply incredible.
I am delighted that this will now become an annual event on the school calendar. Opportunities to support good causes such as Claire House bring out the very best in our students, allowing them to demonstrate their compassion and promoting a strong sense of social responsibility.”