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Some of the students who are part of the fundraising team. From left to right; Sam Fletcher, Robbie Campbell, Jess Noble, Tiffany Wilkinson, Ellie Duffin, Meryn Hobbs, Olivia Houlston and Clarisse Bale. NNL-140515-103928001

Some of the students who are part of the fundraising team. From left to right; Sam Fletcher, Robbie Campbell, Jess Noble, Tiffany Wilkinson, Ellie Duffin, Meryn Hobbs, Olivia Houlston and Clarisse Bale. NNL-140515-103928001

 

A student-led charity group has raised more than £5,000 since re-launching itself earlier this year.

Charity Action in Robert Smyth (CAIRS) re-branded itself with a new logo and raised the cash with a variety of fundraising events in the past few months.

The group is run by sixth formers at the Robert Smyth Academy, in Harborough, and headed this year by student Clarisse Bale and overseen by sixth form manager Sarah Blackler.

Mrs Blackler said: “This is an absolute phenomenal amount compared to the previous year and we would love to say thank you to the students, parents and staff here at the school.”

The group re-launched this year with a new logo designed by student Rory Kirk.

Since then all the CAIRS fundraising has been organised by the students and money donated to the charities of the their choice.

They ran a variety of fundraising events including non-uniform days, penny wars, bottle challenge and cake sales, as well as a Christmas food hamper collection.

In total the group raised an impressive £5,050.

The group’s leader Clarisse Bale said she was proud of its’ achievements.

She said: “Being part of the CAIRS committee has made me so proud of the school and what we can achieve.”

Fellow student, and member of the CAIRS group, Merryn Hobbs said: “Even playing a small role in the fund-raising clearly makes a big impact. I’m very proud.”

The money went to a number of charities, including Leicester Action Homeless, Harborough Foodbank, and A21 (Against Human Trafficking).

Food valuing over £1,250 was also donated to Homestart, Action Homeless, and Jubilee Foodbank through the group’s Christmas hamper appeal.

A number of students spoke about their pride and amazement at raising the amount of money they did.

Olivia Houlston said: “It really is amazing to see how much we have raised.”

While, Lauren Henley added: “Having a sweet stall, non-uniform days and other charity events provide a variety of ways to donate.

“It’s great to see how many of us have gotten involved.”

The Robert Smyth Academy, which is based in Burnmill Road, is a secondary school which teaches pupils aged from 11 to 19.

Its’ sixth form caters for pupils in year 12 and year 13 of their academic life.

 

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