Students pull out all the stops for charities


CHARITY-minded students have dug deep and raised more than £4,000.

The efforts of students from Felpham Community College has seen £4,832.32 handed over to four good causes.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Chestnut Tree House have received cheques for £1,303 while Jamie’s Wish has been given a boost of £384.40.

A further £2,772.32 will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of former teacher Mr Kingston.

The money was collected during the Felpham Way school’s annual charity week, which each year sees students take part in a variety of events all in the name of good causes.

The week is organised by the school’s charity committee, led by co-chairmen Lara Collis and Ellen Burford.

Lara, 17, said: “We are all really pleased with the amount we have raised for the charities. It has been a lot of work, but 100 per cent worth it.

“We hope this money will make a big difference.”

Fundraising events included sponsored swims, dog walks and an inter-form competition in Year 7 also proved popular. A Felpham’s Got Talent competition raked in even more cash and saw many students showcase their skills.

A sponsored walk by sixth form students from the college to Pagham Harbour in memory of Mr Kingston also boosted the total given to Cancer Research UK.

Lara said: “We wanted to do something to remember Mr Kingston, his charity was Cancer Research so it seemed only right all the money raised as part of the walk should go to them.

“We must have picked the worst day to do the walk because of the wind and rain, but we were determined.”

Last Thursday, Clare Hawkin from St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Tracy Bowdery from Chestnut Tree House were presented with their cheques. They told students about the charities and how their donations would help.

Tracy said: “It is great to see the money being raised by young people, as the only children’s hospice in Sussex this will do a lot to help.”

Clare thanked the students and invited them to visit the hospice to see first hand what the charity does.

“It has been really good to hear how the money has been raised and it will make a big difference to our patients and their families,” she added.