Charity Event 2018/2019
Throughout the school year St. Thomas’ pupils, staff and parents will be taking part in a variety of different charity events and fundraising activities. So far this year we have raised a fantastic £347.08. We would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts and say a very big well done!
Please have a look at the charities we have supported so far and what we have done to raise awareness.
Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer which originates in the bone marrow. Unlike many other cancers myeloma does not appear in the form of a lump or tumour. Over the past decade although improvements to treatments have proved effective at controlling the disease, improving symptoms and increasing survival rates there is currently no known cure. Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK which focuses solely on this form of cancer and supporting its patients and families.
On Friday 28th September we held a special Myeloma Awareness Day and asked children and staff of St. Thomas’ to come to school wearing something orange to help raise awareness of Myeloma. We also held a tea and coffee morning for our parents, carers, friends and relatives, as well as a cake sale and tombola.
Every penny that we raised will go to Myeloma UK and the work they do to help support patients and their families through their diagnosis as well as helping to fund world leading research into new treatments.
In total we raised £211.91 for Myeloma UK.
Stockport Food Bank
Stockport food bank provides emergency food parcels to residents in Stockport who are in need. Unfortunately many people in our local community do not have enough money to go around and often end up going without essential items such as food. This can sometimes mean parents put their children first and may themselves go without. This may be for a variety of reasons such as a low income or an unexpected bill. Stockport food bank are there to help by providing support to those in crisis and ensuring people do not go without.
In 2016 our Year 3 and 4 classes had a literacy focus on support and community. From this they created a food parcel that was donated to Stockport food bank. The children gained a lot from this experience learning about caring for those in the local community. At St. Thomas’ we feel that it would be beneficial for all of the children to learn more about caring for those in the local community and how this can be done. Thus contributing to our community links project part of the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum. Since then each year group is allocated one month to create a food parcel that we can then donate to Stockport food bank, as a way of continuing our much needed support throughout the academic year.
We have been in contact with the food bank and they have informed us that all food will be greatly received. At the beginning of each month we will be sending out a letter to our parents of the chosen class requesting their support for what we hope they will agree is a worthwhile cause. We will inform parents of a couple of key items which the food bank are currently running low on. The food parcel will then be delivered at the end of the month. All donations are welcome large or small and will be much appreciated.
Thank you to those who have donated so far, Nursery and Reception who donated in October, and Year 1 and 2 who are donating during November and December.
This year we also decided to support the food bank by giving them our donations from the Harvest Festival to help them to continue providing the support they do to the people who need it most.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal helps to provide modern veterans, service men, women and their families with crucial advice and support. The poppy is worn as a symbol of remembrance for those who have fallen but it is also a symbol for the future of the living.
In the lead up to remembrance Sunday St. Thomas’ staff and children had the opportunity to buy a poppy and items from the Poppy Day goodie box to show their support for this charity and the fantastic work they do supporting those who have fought to keep our country free and safe, and the families of those men and women who gave their lives and did not return.
The total amount we have raised for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will be coming soon!
BBC Children in Need
BBC Children in Need is a charity that aims to help every child in the UK have a childhood that is safe, happy and secure and one which allows them the chance to reach their full potential. Children in Need provides grants to projects across the UK which work with children and young people who are disadvantaged; this may be through poverty and deprivation, children who have been victims of neglect or abuse or due to disability. Children in Need currently supports 2400 projects; one local project that receives funding from Children in Need is Stockport Young Carers.
This year to raise money for Children in Need and to help them to continue funding projects, children and staff from St. Thomas’ came to school wearing something spotty or yellow on Friday 16th November. We also held a cake sale after our celebration assembly. We would like to thank everyone that joined us in supporting this incredible charity which aims to improve lots of children’s lives.
In total we raised a fantastic £135.17 for Children in Need.