9 October 2018
CHARITY-MINDED pupils and staff at Saint Martin’s School have raised £10,500 for good causes in just 12 months.
The Senior School girls collected an impressive £6,700 for Mind – their chosen charity of the year – through a series of fun fundraising events including a Halloween bake sale, Christmas pantomime, Ladies Night concert featuring a specially recorded message from former Spice Girl Geri Horner and ice lolly sales.
And their good will didn’t stop there.
They raised a further £3,800 for other organisations including Unicef, Beat, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children and Sparkhill Foodbank, taking their annual fundraising efforts to an impressive £10,500.
Among the contributions were donations from the Young Enterprise team Fusion, dress-down day fees and refreshment sales at the Year 10 v staff rounders match to name just a few.
Some staff also went the extra mile – quite literally – completing the Wolf Run to boost the charity coffers to the tune of over £800 (pictured).
“A huge well done to all the girls and staff who have out so much effort into this year’s fundraising for such fantastic causes,” said Head Nicola Smillie.
“We take huge pride in our academic abilities here at Saint Martin’s, but we also place great importance on supporting those less fortunate than ourselves – both here in the Solihull area and around the world – an ethos everybody buys into 100 per cent.”
Karen Bolton, Head of Community & Events Fundraising at Mind, paid tribute to the efforts of Saint Martin’s.
She said: “Thank you so much to the girls of Saint Martins for choosing to donate such a fantastic amount to Mind. Not only will it help to raise awareness and decrease the stigma which sadly still exists around mental health, but your donation will also help us to provide vital support and services to the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.”
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
For more information visit: www.mind.org.uk.