Students at The Bemrose School have raised more than £1,000 for orphans in Kashmir after hearing how a charity supports 1,000 children without parents.
Sixth formers at the school in Uttoxeter New Road pledged to raise money for KORT, the Kashmir Orphange Relief Trust, which provides a home, care and education to children who were orphaned by an earthquake in the Kashmir region of Pakistan.
With support from the rest of the school the teenagers managed to raise £1,115.31 and sixth former Sara Rashid, 18, visited the orphanage to see exactly how the money was going to be spent.
She said: “At the moment they are constructing a boys’ hostel which will house more than 500 boys. There is already a hostel for girls.
“As well as this, the money raised will go towards plans for an onsite medical clinic to give quality medical care to the children who live there.
“You couldn’t help but be moved talking to some of the children, especially because they described the orphanage as if they had lived there all their lives.
“One child told me ‘we call this heaven and we are grateful for this new life’. It was overwhelming to see how determined the children are to gain a good education and future despite facing such a huge tragedy.”
Sara and the sixth form intend to carry on donating to KORT, having witnessed first-hand the impact their funding is having on the children’s lives.
In the last 12 months, sixth formers at the school have raised more than £2,500 for good causes – breaking an in-house record for fund-raising.
Every year the school charges sixth formers with organising money-raising events and the current cohort has broken the record for the most money raised.
Head boy, Adil Hanif, 18, said: “We have enjoyed thinking of new and interesting projects to help raise money – sponge the teacher was popular and our samosa sale was really successful.
“I think we all particularly enjoyed the challenge of raising money for KORT. We are a multi-cultural school and it has been really pleasing to see pupils of all different ages and beliefs working together for one cause.”
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