Students and staff raise over £5,000 in aid of the refugee crises

Students and staff from across the Ted Wragg Trust have been working hard this term with fundraising initiatives in aid of refugee crises around the world.

A wide array of dress-up days, cake sales and even a ‘Childrens Bake Off’ resulted in an incredible effort of over £5,000 being raised, with further donations from schools of clothes, sleeping bags and blankets, being delivered directly to the Poland/Ukraine border by the Red Cross.

Moira Marder, Chief Executive of the Ted Wragg Trust, said: “Through our Trust values, we commit to equipping our students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become compassionate and courageous citizens, determined to make the world a better place. These activities across all of our schools truly reflect those values, and we have been really moved by the strong feelings and desire to help by our students right across the Trust.”

Students at Cranbrook Education Campus were a sea of blue and yellow last month as they supported Ukraine through their dress up day, and managed to raise more than £500 for the Red Cross Disasters Emergency Committee. The funds were collected through generous online donations from parents and collection buckets throughout both Primary and Secondary Cranbrook Education Campuses.

Children at Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth raised an amazing £1,271.37 for Comic Relief through wearing red noses and dressing in red. They also enjoyed an ‘Egg and Spoon’ race (with a twist), seeing students balancing their red noses on spoons in place of eggs! Their ‘Children’s Bake Off’ was also a hit with the children even taking on the roles of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to decide on the best Marine Academy bakes.

An enormous £1,884.34 was raised by students and staff at Plymouth-based Lipson Academy through their non-uniform day, with many students and staff attending school dressed in blue and yellow to show their support for Ukraine. All Saints Academy, also in Plymouth, raised £625 and have been busy collecting further donations of money and food to support people displaced by refugee crises.

At St James School in Exeter, students have lead arrangements for donations of clothes, sleeping bags and blankets, through their School Parliament. These were then sent to the Polish/Ukraine border through the Red Cross. The student MPs have also arranged to raise money through a small change collection, which will be donated to UNICEF.  A special mention should be given to Alfie Johnston, in year 7, who raised more than £200 for the UNICEF collection by selling his old toys and collecting donations from neighbours. So far, the students have raised over £400 and hope this will increase further by the end of term.

Moira Marder, adds “We continue to be energised and enthused by the ambitious, selfless and collaborative nature of our students and staff at the Ted Wragg Trust; we are excited to hear more about what our schools get up to with their fundraising efforts across the summer term and beyond.”