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As a school, we encourage all of our students to be good citizens and to think of others, and one of the ways we do this is through organising events to raise money for charity. The biggest of all these is Charities Week, an annual tradtion held in December, which brings together the entire school.
As one of their final duties, in an assembly on Monday 14 March 2016, the outgoing senior student team presented cheques to two representatives from their chosen charities.
After the 2015 fun and frolics the team raised a staggering £10,012 giving each of the three charities a third of this grand total to continue their good works.
Sally Davis from Weston Hospicecare based in Uphill, Weston-super-Mare thanked all the students for their hard work and hoped they had fun too. Their contribution will go towards the work of eight community nurses, and in particular one based in the Cheddar area, so they will be close to Kings. Sally explained how the money will really enhance the work of Weston Hospicecare in supporting people with life limiting illnesses, as well as their families.
Tony Monaghan, a Trustee of Mind Sedgemoor based in Bridgwater similarly thanked all the students for their support and said that mental health is often the "Cinderella of the health service" and donations help to plug their funding gap. Mind is a free counselling service with shorter waiting times and he shared a moving cautionary story about his own son who slipped into taking drugs with tragic results and who now suffers from schizophrenia and sadly, is unlikely ever to work. Fortunately however, his three siblings witnessed his downfall and did not follow the same pathway and all are now happy and successful in life.
Unfortunately, the third charity Save the Children were unable to send a representative, but they messaged their grateful thanks.
Well done once again to the Senior Student Team for all their endeavours to make the fundraising so much fun for everyone!
You can relive some of the moments of Charities Week in the December 2015 Kings' Messenger here