Charity at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
Fund raising is an integral part of the school year. We support a range of good causes, some year on year, others as a result of student nominations. While many of the fund raising events follow the tradition non-uniform route, we also have themed dress up days and school wide cake sales – usually also catering for vegan and gluten free diets. We also hold a Race for Life event each year in support of staff past and present. One of the biggest whole school events is Children in Need week. A week of form organised charity events, from male teacher leg waxing, to photobooths and raffles. The week culminates in the our Miss King Edward VI Handsworth (Miss KE) competition where one pupil from each form creates and models a themed outfit, performs a talent and are judged by a panel of teachers. All this is mixed in with loud music, lots of cheering your own form and seeing how many of the free sweets you can grab. The event is entirely organised by a group of year 11 pupils.
The running total for this year's charity donations currently stands at:£3,312.88
Our charities for 2017-18
In 2016-17 students and staff raised a fantastic £19,866.52
Students were involved through the school council in nominating and selecting a range of charities for the school to support. Through the charity representatives in each form and the school council, students chose a range of local and international causes aimed at children and adults. Some events are special to us, others would be impossible to not be involved with.
MacMillan Coffee Morning. Pupils and staff bake cakes and sell them in aid of Macmillan nurses. =
Dahliscious Day. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
LEPRA. Year 7 fund raising fighting disease, poverty and prejudice.
Children in Need. A week of form organised sponsored events and money raising activities finishing with Miss KE and a non uniform day.
Poppy Appeal. Supporting the British Armed Forces past and present.
Cure Leukaemia. Cure Leukaemia was established in 2003 to allow patients with blood cancer in our region to access the remarkably effective new treatments which were then becoming available. The aim by 2024 is to double the number of patients treated, double the capacity for clinical trials on offer, whilst looking to potentially leverage in excess of £100 million of free drugs for patients battling blood cancer.
Sport relief (who also organise Comic Relief)
Muscular Dystrophy UK: Muscular Dystrophy UK (previously known as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to beat muscle-wasting conditions. Founded in 1959, it has been leading the fight against muscle-wasting conditions since then. It brings together more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 70,000 children and adults in the UK.
Race for life: the new senior prefect team organise a Pink themed day with cake sales and our own “Race for life” event around the school grounds. This raises funds for Cancer Research UK.
In addition the school has supported “Harry’s footsteps” which send shoes to Africa, Old text books and unused ICT equipment is also sent to developing countries after being suitably prepared. We also send shoe boxes of Christmas gifts each year for the Christmas shoe box appeal.