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Fun in the Sun on Charity Afternoon

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

As the summer term drew to a close, the Junior Girls held their annual Charity Afternoon. With the sun shining overhead, the weather couldn’t have been better as the Year 6 girls set up stalls all around the playground, offering various activities and treats for all of the Hesketh House pupils to enjoy.

Every year, groups of Year 6 pupils are challenged to raise money for a charity of their choice by the most creative means they can imagine. The girls created delicious homemade fruit smoothies and cakes to sell, held raffles for a variety of toys and treats, organised lucky dips for sweets, and even ran a ‘Beauty Bar’ in the amphitheatre! Some girls even volunteered to be ‘splatted’ with wet sponges, much to the amusement and delight of their fellow pupils.

Millie Ashton was one of the Year 6 pupils involved with organising the smoothie stall. She said, “It was my job to get all the fruit and juice for homemade smoothies. As fruit is expensive, I thought I would ask Tesco if they could help us pay for some of it. I wrote to the Head of Charity to ask if they could help us raise some money for our charity, ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ and I got a reply back saying they would give us a £20 voucher to spend on fruit! So we were able to make more profit on our smoothies!”

This was just one of the many excellent ideas that allowed the girls to maximise their fundraising potential on the day.

No less than eleven different charities were supported by this year’s efforts, including the RSPCA, Christie’s, the Alzheimer’s Society, Derian House and Water Aid, and the girls raised a fantastic total of £688.79 on the day.

In addition to the Year 6 stalls, the whole school was invited to take part in a sponsored activity for the NSPCC. The charity recently came into school to give an assembly about their work, and the girls were inspired to help out with some extra fundraising. All of the Junior Girls chose to take part in either a Spelling Challenge, Maths Challenge, or for the more sporty types a Workout Challenge. The girls really enjoyed taking part in these activities and worked hard to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC.

The total money raised through these sponsored challenges came in at a staggering £4,684.52!

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Year 6 girls sacrifice their dignity in the name of fundraising

Year 6 girls sacrifice their dignity in the name of fundraising

Lots of girls had fun taking part in the Sponsored Workout

Lots of girls had fun taking part in the Sponsored Workout

A girl carrying a prize from one of the raffles - a giant teddy!

A girl carrying a prize from one of the raffles - a giant teddy!