A Rotherham school smashed its fundraising target for a children’s hospital charity when an end-of-term event raised more than twice the money than expected.
Staff at Aston Academy, in Aughton Road, say that its recent Snowflake Fayre was the most successful event in the school’s history after it generated £2,106 in just a matter of hours.
The Christmas-themed event, which was held in conjunction with a non-uniform day on December 19, was one of a number of activities organised by the school to raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Make It Better appeal.
The school needed to collect £2,500 in order to sponsor a snowflake mounted on the side of the hospital and not only did it achieve its aim, it exceeded it, ending up with a bumper total of £3,510, thanks also to a Halloween disco and assistant vice principal Mike Kilgannon, who raised £245 by running the York Marathon.
Staff from the school handed over the money on Tuesday (Jan 15) and praised students at the school for their generosity, not least at the fair, which featured a host of attractions including sweet stalls, games and a giant raffle.
The raffle winners were announced last week, with the prizes for the lucky few including tickets for a Sheffield United match, goalkeeping gloves signed by Sheffield Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith and tickets for Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Sam Rendi, who organised the event along with fellow teacher Louisa Longstaff and students on the school’s Post-16 health and social care course, said: “We were all taken aback by the success of the fayre, which we think is the most successful charity event we’ve ever had.
“We’d never held anything like it before and it was a lot of hard work, but we had loads of comments from students who said they loved it.
“We’d done a lot of work in assemblies to talk to students about the work the children’s hospital does and that, plus the fact that everyone was in the Christmas spirit, really helped us to raise far more money than we’d expect.”
Freya Kingswood, community fundraising assistant at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re really grateful to Aston Academy and all our supporters who have helped us raise a record-breaking amount in our snowflake appeal for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. To surpass their fundraising target by so much is testament to the hard work and dedication of their staff and students.
“Every penny raised will help us in our appeal for an expanded Emergency Department, which, as a designated Major Trauma Centre, helps up to 200 children a day from across the region with every possible problem imaginable”.