Bolton School Junior Boys

Boys' Calendar Raised £1,231 for Urban Outreach

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The Junior Boys at Bolton School put together a charity calendar which went on sale in December to raise money for Urban Outreach.

The project began in January 2021 when the country went into the second lockdown. Boys in Years 3 to 6 were encouraged to get outdoors, appreciate the natural world on their doorstep and take interesting photographs. The whole school joined in and every month seasonal photographs were submitted to the calendar. Thirteen of the best were chosen by guest judges.

The cost of printing was covered by the generous sponsors featured in the calendar, allowing 100% of the money raised to go to Urban Outreach.

Dave Bagley visited the school to receive the cheque for £1,231 on behalf of Urban Outreach, which was presented during morning assembly.

Dave said, ‘Well done and thank you. We are so grateful that you made this calendar. It’s excellent and the photos are fantastic. You should be incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved.’

He went on to tell the boys how their donation has already helped those in need in the local community. In December, Urban Outreach gave roughly 36 tons of food to 9,580 people. 1,644 Christmas Hampers were sent out and helped thousands of people, including children, and the charity also topped up gas and electricity meters. The proceeds from the calendar assisted these projects and went towards making people’s lives better over the Christmas period.

In December, when the calendar went on sale for £10 each, Junior Boys’ teacher Mrs Winstanley said: ‘The enthusiasm for this project and the quality of the submissions has been outstanding and the final product reflects this. The calendar is certainly worthy of a place on any study or kitchen wall!

‘Thank you to everyone who has continued to support this project throughout the year as photographer, supportive parent, judge or sponsor. Your contribution has been enormous and is much appreciated.’

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