Bolton School Senior Girls

Sponsored Silence Benefits Manchester Children

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One hundred and twenty six girls in Year 7 at Bolton School Girls’ Division underwent a 24 hours’ sponsored silence to raise funds for Key 103’s Cash4Kids Mission Christmas Appeal. 

Pupil Tanya Thakrar, summed up the thoughts of many girls when she said: “It was a really hard challenge keeping quiet for a full 24 hours. We had to be imaginative at break and lunch times when we wanted to communicate with each other, either through using our iPads or by writing. However, we all knew we were raising funds for a really good cause so it was well worth it.” 

Charity Manager Michelle Williamson of Key 103 thanked the whole of the School in a morning assembly and told the girls how 25% of children in Greater Manchester live in poverty. She explained how the money raised would pay for gifts which would go to the 192,000 disadvantaged children across the region.  Having played a number of messages from famous people advocating the appeal and talking about their favourite Christmas memories she engaged the audience in a poignant game of pass the parcel. When girls got to open the presents, there was nothing inside the box, a reminder of what Christmas will be like for some people! She told the girls: “Your efforts will make such a difference and we are really thankful to you – I can only imagine that being quiet all day must have been super tricky”. 

Teacher Miss Tomlinson said: “I am really proud of the girls who have got behind this campaign. They know the thousands of pounds they have raised will help spread a little cheer this Christmas. As a reward, some of them will hopefully get to visit the Key 103 studio, where they can see first-hand the great work that is being done by Mission Christmas.”

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