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Fundraising for LDHAS


Report by Rachel Cortes - Lay Chaplain

As one of the school Chaplains, part of the role is to encourage pupils to be active agents in our communities and being Christ like in our world. One of the ways we did this was by starting to fundraising for LDHAS in November. LDHAS is Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.  Myself and Sixth Form student Lucy popped into the LDHAS offices to meet Gary, the manager, and ask him about the work they do, and what help we could offer. Gary was really inspiring and explained that money as oppose to items was what was needed, to help with the running costs of supporting the vulnerable in and around our local community.

Myself and Lucy then set to preparing assemblies to lead to the whole school about the work LDHAS do and ideas to help support fundraising. A major part of this was to host our first sleep out. 26 Sixth Form pupils (Year 12 and 13) volunteered to spend the night outside on Friday 25th November to raise sponsorship and to be in solidarity with all those who are homeless and try to experience a little of the hardships homelessness creates. We chose to theme the event "Hunger games" alike the movie, and each sixth form pupil represented, as a Tribute, a form group in the lower years. It was then the responsibility of each form group in the school to raise money for their tribute.

We also invited LDHAS staff member Sam and service user Damian to visit the school and present a workshop to our year 12s, where they presented in detail the complexities of homelessness and the work of LDHAS. This really helped our pupils to understand, by educating ourselves on the issue from people who have first-hand experience.

The sleep out was difficult, with the temperature plummeting to -4, but also a real success. We raised over £400 on our justgiving site plus up to £600 more held in school, and even got to be interviewed by Graham Liver on BBC Radio Lancashire to explain why we were supporting LDHAS and how the night went.

That was late November, and pupils still wanted to do more. We had a Christmas jumper day where all monies raised were donated. Also various other events from cake sales, raffles, selling hot dogs, throw a wet sponge at a teacher, sponsored cycles, carol singing and I’m sure that list is not exhaustive!

LDHAS were thrilled to attend our 6th form assembly in January and receive a cheque for the total amount raised of £2230. So obviously we are very proud of all pupils in our school community and the help from their families to support the fundraising.