A Northampton school presented £9,500 to eight different charities after pupils organised and took part in a whole week of fundraising events.
The event organisers at Northampton School for Boys presented their cheque this week to members of local and national charities, such as Northampton Search and Rescue and Motor Neuron Disease Association, as well as schools in Malawi and Vietnam.
They also supported Launch for Tyler, a fund set up for 11-year-old NSB pupil Tyler Holland who is undergoing operations in Florida for a brain tumour, and Lu15, which was set up by the family of Northampton Saints mascot Luis Ghaut who passed away last year after battling a rare type of bone cancer.
John Taplin, student voice coordinator at NSB, said: “The whole school came together to take part in events, not just through the day, but after school hours as well.
“The whole thing is organised and run by students forming our Student Leadership Team and it couldn’t happen without their enthusiasm.
“We’ve been running our charity week for 30 years and it gets more successful almost every year, which is great as it means we can add more charities.”
The whole school came together to take part in events, not just through the day, but after school as wellJohn Taplin, NSB student voice coordinator
The events included an X Factor-style talent tournament throughout the week, a raffle with prizes donated by local companies and families, a penalty shoot-out competition, stalls put up in the school and sponsored fitness challenges, such as students cycling the distance by the English Channel on static bikes.
Mr Taplin said: “The students nominated the charities themselves and they are very important to them. Some remember playing rugby with Luis Ghaut, and this sort of thing helps to keep his memory alive for his friends and family.
“This week, which was held in December last year, is our main fundraising drive of the year so, while we handed over most of the proceeds to the selected charities, we will hold back some of the pot to help support any unexpected causes that arise over the year.
“It was a fantastic per formance and just goes to show the positive effect young people can, and do have on the local and wider community.”
The full list of charities supported by the NSB funding weekend includes: Northampton Search and Rescue, Headway Northampton, Lu15, Royal National Institute for the Blind, Balls to Cancer, Motor Neuron Disease Association, The National Autism Society, NSB Malawi 2015 and the My Hoa Primary School in Vietnam.
To find out more about the school itself, visit: www.nsb.northants.sch.uk.