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Student Council Continue to Care For Those In Need

Date Posted: 30/11/2020 | Posted In: Charity

Here at The Sixth Form Bolton, we are extremely proud of all our students and we just wanted to share with you some of the brilliant extra-curricular work that our Student Council have been partaking in for some excellent charities such as:

Macmillan Cancer support

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information, and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional, and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. We knew that Covid-19 would lead to fewer coffee mornings happening around the country so we were determined to help raise some money for this charity.

In September the 2nd year Student Council members held a ‘cake-away’ stall to support Macmillan. The students had to consider the challenges of Covid-19 restrictions but adapted by covering all food items and wearing gloves and masks.

Many of the staff generously baked cakes for the event and the total raised was £227. However, it was clear the students had less spare money than in previous years, however, their spirit and determination made this event a success. The students took it in turns to sell the cakes and worked together as a team.

BBC Children in Need 2020

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Each year the students get involved to raise money for this charity and this year was no different. This event was planned and designed by our new 1st year Student Council members. To raise money the students held a sweet stall, following Covid regulations, and set up games such as guess the number of sweets and ‘find the ball’. As always, ‘Pudsey Bear’ the official BBC Children in Need’s mascot, was there to help the students with their fundraising.

This event was also supported by CPLD students who dressed up in onesies and Children in Need outfits. Additionally, some students wrote stories about how they have helped others in their lives, a vote was held for the best story and a prize was given to Harmeet Singh.

Overall, the charity event raised £200 and the students were pleased with their event.


The Poppy Appeal

Like so many things this year, the Poppy Appeal has had to adapt to the threat of Covid-19. As millions of people across the UK are now unable to leave their homes to find a poppy and with collectors unable to carry out face to face collections, the Poppy Appeal had to think of new ways for people to show their support remotely. One of these was displaying a poppy in your window, donating online, or undertaking a virtual Poppy run, all in line with Covid-19 restrictions.

To support this idea, we gave out poppy images that could be coloured in by children and then displayed in a window. Additionally, our students sold knitted poppies, made by last year’s art students to boost the funds.

This year as a Sixth Form we also promoted ‘The Poppy Run’, and encouraged staff and fellow students to do this. Rebecca Taylor, a 1st year Public Service student, walked between war memorials to remember the fallen as part of her ‘Poppy Run’. Additionally, Nick Fisher, the Public Services teacher placed a wreath for his regiment at Ardwick cenotaph in Manchester.

The Sixth Form Bolton as a whole paid tribute online to remember the sacrifice of our service personal with respect and raised over £70 for the Royal British Legion.

Black History Month

Mr. Dawson, the Wider Skills Coordinator asked the Student Council to come up with ideas of ways to celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States but more recently has been observed in the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. In the United Kingdom, it is observed in October.

One of the council members, a Level 2 Business student Harmeet Singh put together a PowerPoint slide to describe the contributions of high-profile black people throughout history.

Additionally, Georgia Platt wrote a poem about Black History Month and this was distributed on YouTube.


Urban Outreach

This year our students appreciated that supporting this charity was very important due to the demands placed on food banks during the pandemic. It also had to be acknowledged and considered, that there have been numerous people whose financial circumstances have changed or been negatively impacted.

Urban Outreach is a 30-year-old Bolton based charity and runs the local food bank less than 1 mile from The Sixth Form Bolton. In previous years students have visited the food bank on a trip to learn more about the process and discussions on food poverty have taken place in tutorials. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this hasn’t been possible which is why the students are planning to sell raffle tickets to win luxury hampers, have a staff dress down day and collect items of food that are needed by the food bank to aid vulnerable people in the local community.

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