Pupils come up with crafty way to help charity

Pupils have utilised their creative skills to make teddy bears from scratch and support a local charity.

Sairah Naseer, who was chosen to be a First Year Friend at the start of the school year, decided to set up a craft club for Lower school pupils as a means of supporting Reuben’s Retreat and to allow First Years to meet pupils from different forms.

With the help of her friends and Sixth form volunteers, and using the expertise of Head of Textiles Mrs Vernon and DT technician Mrs Gledhill, the pupils produced a number of teddy bears as well as accessories such as scarves, straps and personalised name tags.

When asked about her decision to set up the club, Sairah said “I proposed this project after completing work experience in the paediatric ward of a hospital in the summer holidays where I was shown the importance of teddy bears to a child in need of comfort or reassurance. The support of volunteers from the Sixth form, the Textiles department and Co-curricular co-ordinator Mrs Muscutt has been invaluable in the completion of our collection of soft toys.

Founder of Reuben's Retreat, Nicola Graham

“We look forward to sending them to Reuben’s Retreat Hospice at the end of the summer term in the hope that they may bring some cheer to the children receiving treatment there.”

Reuben’s Retreat is a place where families who have children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses can take respite breaks and take time to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild. More information about the charity can be found at www.reubensretreat.org.

Earlier this year a couple of our pupils interviewed the founder of Reuben’s Retreat, Nicola Graham, for the BBC School Report. You can view the video by clicking here.

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