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SGS community raises thousands for charities


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Enjoy this fundraising round up from our amazing school community!

Community

At Stockport Grammar we aim to instil a strong sense of community and we are consistently impressed by the incredible work our pupils do to raise money and awareness for a range of charities.

So far this academic year, Senior and Junior School pupils have helped a number of local, national and international charities. Read further for a selection of the causes they have helped:

Harvest Collection

For Harvest we collected donations for The Wellspring, a local charity that provides support for those who are homeless or vulnerable.

Over the collection period, items such as cereal, tea bags, wet wipes, shower gels and long-life milk were handed in and we delivered the donations to the charity during the Autumn half term.

The Wellspring Rucksack Project

In the run up to the end of the Autumn term, the Senior School took part in The Wellspring’s Rucksack Project.

The SGS community were encouraged to donate items such as rucksacks, sleeping bags, roll mats, hats, gloves and face masks for those in need and the community responded as amazingly as they always do with a broad range of items contributed.

World Mental Health Day

To mark World Mental Health Day in October, the Senior School and Sixth Form held a Bright Clothing Accessory Day where they wore a vibrant piece of clothing to raise awareness around mental health.

The school was awash with colour as pupils and staff donned multi-coloured hats, ties, scarves or socks – raising an astounding £1,264 for the mental health charity Mind in the process.

SGS Seasonal Showdown

The Junior School community took part in the SGS Seasonal Showdown towards the end of the Autumn term.

Pupils, parents and alumni were invited to submit a video of their SGS Showdown talent and donate food items to The Trussell Trust and Stockport Foodbank whilst they were at it.

We were hugely impressed with the haul of food that was donated, as well as some of the wonderful talent that was on display – including Junior School Headmaster Mr Copping’s headstand and Year Two Ben C’s piano playing. With special thanks to the Stopfordian Parents’ Association for their support.

EducAid Sierra Leone

SGS has a close and long-standing relationship with EducAid Sierra Leone and one of the many ways we raise money for them is from our Senior School non-uniform days, the most recent being in the Autumn Term.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

As part of the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award work, Senior School pupils have been collecting for local charities.

Lower Sixth student Lois McCarthy, who is completing her Gold Award, and her Third Year sister Tess, who is working towards the Bronze Award, collected food for Hazel Grove Foodbank. Foodbank Manager Nigel Tedford said in a letter to the pair: “We are very grateful for your kindness and generosity. What a fantastic way to do your DofE volunteering! In these very tough times we are facing more demand than ever.”

Meanwhile, Third Years David Hughes and Zak Hodgkinson-Stefanelli, who are completing their Bronze Award, collected and delivered food items to The Wellspring.

It is great to see pupils continue to work on their Duke of Edinburgh Awards whilst developing new skills and supporting the community at the same time.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The Junior School held a non-uniform day to mark the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and to raise money and support Macmillan Cancer Support.

A fabulous £955.50 was amassed and was sent to the charity that provides physical, emotional and financial support to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Children in Need

The focus for this year’s Children in Need was children’s mental well-being and we encouraged our pupils to spend time outdoors.

The Year Six Charity Team – which includes Maya G, Yasmine Z, Evelyn T, Sadie May F, Charlotte U, Lola F and Charlotte S – took part in a host of outdoor activities including running, cycling, toasting marshmallows and making a house for a hedgehog.

Year Two girls Edith S and Georgina S also got outdoors with Edith making a fairy house out of natural materials and Georgina creating a collage picture.

On the day of Children in Need itself, the children came into school in non-uniform clothing, following the theme of ‘The Great Outdoors’. It was great to see a range of professions such as farming, zoo keeping and building represented.

Overall an amazing £1,194 was raised and Mrs Lisa Turner, the Junior School’s Charity Co-ordinator, said: “It was lovely to hear of all the fabulous outdoor activities the children did over the week with their families. A massive thank you to the parents and children for raising this staggering amount!”

Separately, Year Two pupil Alex H was keen to do something whilst at home over half term to help and he raised £600 by walking to Shutlingsloe – a 12km walk with a 502m incline!

Stockport Foodbank Walk

Year Three pupil Emily B has set herself the ambitious task to walk 100 miles during February to raise money for the Stockport Foodbank.

The seven year old, who has already fundraised over £1.3k for the local charity, said: “I love walking with my mum and sister so I decided that I wanted to walk 100 miles in February to raise money to help others. This is my own idea and my biggest challenge yet. I have done my walking plan already and will post pictures every day and give updates from my walks.”

Emily – and her Year One sister Holly – are no strangers to fundraising as they raised just under £2k for The Trussell Trust last year.

My Marathon My Way

Well done to Year Six pupil Archie M and his brother Harry, who is in Reception, who raised over £500 for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, by walking and running 60 miles with their mum as part of the charity’s ‘My Marathon My Way’ initiative.

Archie and Harry went above and beyond as they joined the team of #SandsSuperstars to do their marathon, their way.

Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Cancer Research UK

Year Five Sophia S and her Year Three brother Ethan raised money for Cancer Research UK by doing a ‘toy audit’ and selected a number of their toys to sell. With the support of the local community they raised an impressive £115.84.