Thursday, 06 July 2017
The Junior Girls’ School annual Charity Afternoon has once again been a huge success, bringing lots of fun and excitement to the playground while also raising money for the causes chosen by Year 6 pupils. The younger girls enjoyed the varied stalls which Year 6 had set up all around the playground, offering a wide variety of activities, services and delicious treats.
There were plenty of cakes, chocolate bars and sweets on offer, but this year girls could also tuck in to candyfloss, waffles, or even skewers from a chocolate fountain! Sweet mocktails were available to drink, and one stall offered frozen lollies which were perfect for the summery weather. Girls could get their hair braided to perfection, have it decorated with glitter, or could purchase hair bows for themselves at the different stalls. They could also have their nails beautifully painted by Year 6. Tombolas, raffles and ‘guess the name of the teddy’ competitions allowed them to take their chances on winning a prize. Some girls also enjoyed giving the Year 6 volunteers a thorough soaking on the ‘Splash’ stall!
Through all the Charity Afternoon stalls, the Junior Girls raised over £600.
Year 6 chose to raise money for Cancer Research, Good Life Orphanage, Little Princess Trust, Make a Wish Foundation, Northern Cleft Foundation, Retrak, St Ann’s Hospice, Stroke Association, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Christie and Grenfell Tower. All of their chosen charities will receive over £30 each, with half receiving more than £60!
In addition to the fundraising via the stalls, there was whole school fundraising on the day for the British Heart Foundation. A sponsored skipping event saw the girls complete a series of tasks with their skipping ropes: completing an ‘obstacle course’ that involved skipping over a jump and then through a series of poles; challenging themselves to see how many continuous skips they could manage, or how many they could achieve as a pair; mastering skipping rope tricks and steps; and skipping together on the big skipping ropes! This event raised £602.05 for the British Heart Foundation.
The Junior Girls’ School has been supporting Retrak throughout the last academic year, helping the charity in its aim to provide long-term, sustainable medical, educational and psychological support to street children in East Africa, and Mrs Marsden plans to visit Malawi with the charity in the autumn. In addition to fundraising through the Charity Afternoon stalls, the Junior Girls’ School held a retiring collection at the end of the Summer Concert in support of Retrak and the girls were joined by Infant School pupils at Beech House for a non-uniform day towards the end of term to raise even more money. The final total raised for Retrak was £1,106.21!
By the end of term, the Junior Girls’ School had raised an incredible £2,316.96 for twelve worthy causes.
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