MacMillan Coffee morning at Winton Community Academy was really taken to heart last week as one of the academy’s Year 7 students Ryan Hoar was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma over the summer.
Organised by Sally Chivers and the pastoral team, students and staff at the academy extended the coffee morning to two days and set a series of student challenges for the remainder of the week to raise as much money for the charity as possible. The ‘Chivers Challenge’ target was to raise £1000.
Students and staff really worked hard all week raising as much cash as possible by taking part in the very difficult and enviable task of eating as much cake as possible, of which there was a great deal to be consumed! Theo Dominy (pictured) helped his mentor group raise a mind-blowing sum of £350 by having his head shaved by assistant headteacher Mr Flavell who said, “Theo was incredibly brave and keen to raise a significant sum for the charity by allowing me to shave his hair, he is representative of the amazing young people who attend the school.”
Around the academy people were being encouraged to guess how many sweets were in the jar, had their legs waxed, collect coins in a tube, purchase sweets from a stall and buy friendship bracelets made by our students.
Although not at school at the moment Ryan came in with his mum for the morning to add his £21.65 to the fund by having his own cake sale and to accept the cheque on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support. The last word goes to Mrs Chivers, Head of Pastoral Care, “This shows how the children at Winton are so supportive of each other, they couldn’t wait to get the fund raising started to show their support for Ryan and others in his position. We smashed our target and raised a staggering £1115.47, and there is still more coming in!” .