Girls raise over £17,000 for mental health charity SANE

The Royal Masonic School For Girls | 11 May 2018 | Top News Story | ISC Icon GSA Icon
The Royal Masonic School for Girls has beaten their previous charity fundraising efforts and raised in excess of £17,000 for a leading mental health charity which will help support 17 new volunteers.
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RMS for Girls has smashed all previous fundraising totals by raising more than £17,000 for their chosen school charity, SANE.

They pulled out all the stops by organising bake sales, non-uniform days, a 'slime' competition and a disco to raise money this year - the first time a mental health charity was chosen as the main cause for the school to support.

Money raised by the girls also received an unexpected boost from teacher Hester Eccles running the London marathon and parent Mr Redman running 250 km for six days across a desert in Peru in the first South American Marathon des Sables.

Deputy Head Girls for Charity, Elizabeth Whittaker and Caitlin Finnan, led the fundraising and were supported by the School's Charities Committee of pupils in Years 7-12.

Over the years the School has raised large sums of money for charities such as SPARKS, Help for Heroes, The Sohana Research Fund and Centrepoint, but this year's total of £17,215.86 was a record – beating the previous record of £12,000 for the children's medical research charity SPARKS.

The amount will help fund 17 new volunteers for SANE, which works to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. It was announced to the school in assembly and members of the charity's official fundraising team were present to hear it. Caitlin said: "We were so excited to have raised such a large sum for SANE and to be able to support the crucial and in many cases life-changing work they do. 

"Charities like SANE promote issues about which we feel it is important that girls in our school are aware, and we are so proud that our donation will help support seventeen new volunteers for the charity."

Headmaster Kevin Carson said: "I am full of admiration for the way in which our Deputy Head Girls have championed the school charity this year, showing huge amounts of commitment, and giving up time to ensure that events run smoothly as well as supporting younger students in their own fundraising endeavours.

"The girls set themselves a stretching target and I am delighted that their hard work, and the generosity of every member of the RMS community, have together meant that we have raised such a huge amount for such a worthwhile cause."

 

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