Greensward pupils raise cash for brainstrust charity

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Over the last year the Greensward Academy community has been busy raising funds for the brain injury charity, brainstrust.

For some while the students at the Hockley school had been raising funds for brain tumour charities as there are a number of people in the school who are affected; some living with them and some who have lost members of their families.

So when a request from ex-parent Sharon Springhall for some help at a fundraising event in the summer of 2018 came in, the student leadership team decided that they would like to raise money for brainstrust, a charity which has been an invaluable support to Sharon.

The student leadership team set to work swapping ideas and eventually came up with three projects: selling candy canes at Christmas, chocolate eggs at Easter and chocolate bars at the end of the summer term as well as adding money raised by three non-uniform days.

Through their hard work and determination they amassed a grand total of £4,083.29 – probably the most ever collected by the school for one single charity.

Jane Gardiner, support specialist and Sharon Springhall came into school to receive the cheque on Monday, September 16.

Jane said: “As brainstrust is a small national charity, this figure has an overall meaningful impact on the work we can provide; it will genuinely make a real difference to the lives of those people who really need it. I have been humbled by the energy and generosity of the students.”

Sharon said: “I feel very proud of the staff and students getting behind a fantastic charity with such determination and enthusiasm, it really was heart-warming. To see all the additional work that is put in by staff and students alike with such fun and passion, was something I feel very honoured to have been a part of! I had so much fun!”

One of the areas of support the charity makes available for people with a new brain tumour diagnosis is a “brain box” containing a number of essential things to support and provide information for patients and their carers.

The money the academy has raised will purchase 81 of these invaluable boxes! 

Principal Katie Scarnell said: “I couldn’t be more proud of our students. This is a phenomenal amount of money to have raised for such a worthy cause. To be able to help so many people is a wonderful achievement.”

This year the students will turn their attention to supporting Fair Havens Hospice and this has already begun with an assembly by representatives from Havens sixth formers about participating in their Young Ambassadors Project.

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