Students at Lutterworth High School have been taking part in a project to come up with enterprising ways of raising money for a variety of charities.
Every form in Year 9 was asked to pick a charity to support and raise money for in the coming year in a scheme called Giving Nation.
One of the forms, 9LW, were visited by a representative of their chosen charity – the Forces Children’s Trust – who gratefully accepted a cheque for £424 from them.
Katie Randon, a staff member at the school who has been helping one of the forms with the project, said: “The Forces Children’s Trust, a charity devoted to helping children whose father or mother has died, or sustained life threatening injuries, while serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.
“During November the students of 9LW sold charity bands and raised awareness for the trust and they took it in turns to run a tuck shop for the rest of the school during break and lunch times.
“They also arranged a bake sale at a local primary school.”
During his visit, Mr Wise said the money will go towards the trust’s venture with the Outward Bound Centre, which will see them taking 30 children on a trip there later this year.
The aim of the trip is to improve the team building skills and confidence levels of these children who have lost parents in the Forces.
Mrs Randon said she had been very impressed with the range of activities organised by students to support their charities.
She added: “There are nine in all, including Arthritis Research UK, Leicestershire Animal Aid, Matthew Needham’s Treasure Chest and the Craniofacial Society.
“One of the forms even managed to convince one of our long-serving maths teachers, John Blower, to dye his beard orange for a day and raise money through sponsorship for that.”
Each of the form groups voted for their chosen charity to support for the year.
Mrs Randon added: “Most of them chose a charity which was something that had affected them, for example some of the pupils in one form had known a girl who had been affected by arthritis which was why they picked that one.
“The teachers didn’t influence their choice and let them get on with it. We’ve been really pleased with the outcome.”