‘In October 2015 my twin girls, Martha and Ivy, were born. Ivy was born with Transposition of the great arteries, a complex congenital heart defect which means that the top of her heart was the wrong way round with the wrong connections to her lungs and the rest of the body. Ivy was transferred to Alder Hey children’s hospital and had open heart surgery at 8 weeks old, which started the repair process and was ‘fixed’ in January this year. Every year around 4000 babies are born with a heart defect in the UK our children’s hospitals have some of the best cardiology departments in the world. We are so lucky that we have such an incredible and progressive NHS to ensure that children like Ivy are given the best chance of a full life.
Through our time at Alder Hey we learned that one of the wonderful surgeons, Ram Dhannapuneni, along with some of the nurses, frequently gives up his own time and skills for free to Healing Little Hearts, a small charity that sends teams of volunteers from PICU and cardiology departments out to hospitals to treat the poorest of children who come from families that do not have the resources to pay for their healthcare.
Healing Little Hearts (HLH) was launched as an official registered charity in 2007 provides Free Heart Surgery to those that need it the most. Their work started out in India but recently we have branched out into Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), Maurituis and Malaysia.
This wonderful charity is working tirelessly to makes the lives of those born in places where their need for surgery is not always met, have the chance to lead a full, happy and healthy life.
Their aim is to continue branching out and the money raised to support camps ensures that each team stays for one week and operates on between 10-12 children per trip; the precise numbers varies. It also allows the team to train junior doctors and nurses in children’s heart care with the eventual aim of helping the centres to become more self-sustaining.
This wonderful charity is working tirelessly to makes the lives of those born in places where their need for surgery is not always met, have the chance to lead a full, happy and healthy life, just like Ivy.’
Human Care Syria is a charity that encompasses the values of humanitarian aid without borders. Their projects stand for providing emergency humanitarian and medical aid, but more importantly, long-term projects which can alleviate poverty and suffering through educating and empowering individuals.
Human Care Syria has carried out projects such as:
women’s hygiene and sanitation
These are core values that we stand for as a school and are taught as we are growing up. We can relate to this charity’s beliefs and would love to help them! Education and empowerment are essential in improving the quality of life, improving employment rates and most importantly, improving healthcare. By helping refugees in Syria, we can pass on these values and make a difference however big or small.
To support this worthy cause, we are organising a Bollywood Themed Fashion Show that includes, food, dancing, live DJ, henna and runway shows. It will be an amazing night and we’d love to see you there supporting this charity!
On Friday 24th November we hosted an International Food Sale in aid of Rohingyan refugees. The event was organised by members of the Islamic Society. We received donations of delicious dishes from around the globe which were thoroughly enjoyed by students. Volunteers from Year 12 selflessly gave up their lunchtime to sell food on the stalls. All in all, we made an amazing £300!
All of the proceeds have been donated to Human Appeal, a charity providing essential aid to Rohingyan refugees who have fled from their native Burma (or Myanmar).
You can donate to Human Appeal’s Myanmar campaign here, or to any other charity organisation of your choice.
“Charity does not decrease your wealth.” – Muhammad (pbuh)
Christmas Jumper Day is this Friday, 1st December! Please bring in £1 if you would like to take part. All money raised will be donated to Cardiac Arrest in the Young (CRY) in memory of Chloe Waddell who sadly died of a cardiac arrest. We hope you will be willing to support!
During November, a Year 8 Disco was organised by three students from Year 13 (Emily W, Khadija A and May L). After a lot of hard work and preparation, a huge £425 was raised for the charity ‘Children in Need’! The event was a great success and hopefully this will inspire more events like this in the future! Here’s to a first of many student-organised charity events in school!
Children in Need Week was a huge success and so much fun. Khadija, Emily and May in Year 13 organised and held a Year 8 Halloween disco and raised an amazing £425.
Mrs Brennan in Reprographics knitted Pudsey Bear and Pudsey Blush Bear along with four sets of babies, which are on display in Reception, to raffle off. Tickets – a £1 a strip are on sale in Reception until 29th November. The draw will take place at The Christmas Concert during the interval.
Mrs Clutton, Mr Musgrove and 8-2 baked Pudsey cupcakes and biscuits for the cake sale on Friday 17th November and raised over £200. 7-2 had their own cake sale in the Hall and Sodexo baked a spotty cake and raised a further £56. The Pudsey Bear badges raised £60. At the end of 9-6’s Children in Need themed assembly they held a collection and raised £36!
To date we have raised over £700 and hope to raise even more through the sale of raffle tickets and weekly charity collections.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and helped to raise money for Children in Need.
This half term the charity we will be supporting is Children in Need.
Children in Need are currently supporting 2,400 projects across the UK. The projects they fund help children facing a range of disadvantages; e.g. poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.
To raise money in school:
A cake sale will be held on Friday 17th November in the main hall
There is going to be a raffle, with prizes including knitted Pudsey bears and a Pudsey bag- tickets are only £1
We will be selling Pudsey badges around school for £1
We would love for you to get involved so keep your eye open for these fundraising opportunities, which will be taking place imminently.
Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the Harvest Festival! All food and other items will be donated to FareShare, which aims to stop food waste and distribute it amongst people who are struggling to afford the basic necessities. We have received many contributions, which will be sure to help many people.
On Thursday 28th September we had our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning cake sale. In total we managed to raise £338.04! The money raised will help to benefit the lives of cancer patients across the UK. Macmillan are a well-known charity who provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support to cancer patients, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. We would like to thank everyone who came along to show their support and appreciate the efforts of students who either made or bought cakes to bring to the sale!