Charities week started at Ilkley Grammar School in the year 2006. The vision is to bring our school community together, instil the value of being excellent citizens in students, whilst raising money for a range of charity organisations – local, national and even international.
This year, charities week at IGS ran during the penultimate week of the Autumn term and was a great success! The school as a whole raised £5861 which is to be shared between our 3 different charities.
Students and forms came up with creative ways to raise money for their key stage chosen charity. Some of these creative ideas included: a photo booth, sweet sales, bake sales, charity hoopla and even a ‘Sponge the Teacher’. Abbie (Year 7 Student) was asked what she thought about charities week, to which she replied: “It’s awesome!” Another year 7 student, Xanthe, commented that “It’s lovely and fun and everyone is enjoying themselves”. It seems that, overall, everybody enjoyed this event whilst raising money for a good cause.
Mr Khalil has kindly put together a breakdown of the charities chosen and money raised, along with some special mentions:
KS3 raised money for Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire, more commonly known as BTRS. BTRS is Yorkshire’s leading brain tumour charity dedicated to raising funds for life-changing research and patient support. Around 9,000 new cases of primary brain tumours are diagnosed in the UK every year, 12 each week in Yorkshire. They are working to find a cure and provide the best patient and family support network they can. Creativity was showcased in abundance and the efforts of KS3 were rewarded with a total of £2780.84.
KS4 voted to raise money for Cancer Research UK. CRUK is carrying out ground-breaking research here in our district with the aim of finding a cure for many cancers or better treatment methods improving the life chances of cancer sufferers. We are so proud of the work our Tutor Groups have put into their fundraising ideas, which include sponsored silences, selling Christmas cards and much more. A key feature was the Christmas raffle where local organisation contributed a range of prizes. A huge thank you to their generosity. The companies that contributed are as follows:
- Morrisons Skipton
- Charles Clinkard
- Pizza Express
- La Stazione
- Grove Bookshop
- Ilkley Cinema
- Friends of Ham
- Phillips of Ilkley
- Dan’s Den
- Clip n Climb
- Roxy Ballroom Leeds
- Erica Berry Florist
- Co-Op Bolton Bride Store
- Piccolino Ilkley
- Martinez Wines
- Majestic Wine
Students’ hard work was rewarded with £2717.45. A special mention must go to year 11 who raised £2040.74, in particular to Ben Harris who raised £150 carrying out a sponsored silence, Danny Thompson who raised money for Young Minds raising £180 and finally to Freddie Gape who raised £360 by dying his hair blonde.
KS5 voted to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The total raised was £362.77.
This brings the school total to £5861.
Thank you to the local community, parents and carers who once again made this possible. On behalf of the students, teachers, key stage teams and progress leaders, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.