Ipswich School students take up the Christmas charity challenge

Students from Ipswich School presented a cheque to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) this week, as the result of a fundraising activity at the school.

The Christmas raffle of a hamper of donated festive treats was organised by the tutor group of Director of Art, Maggie Davis, and is an annual tradition at Ipswich School.  This year the Year 10 pupils raised £667 for EACH, and the pupils met Patsy Johnson-Cisse from the charity at the end of term to pass over the money. 

Maggie Davis said: “I am so pleased with the fantastic effort and contribution of everyone involved.  The pupils pulled together in an amazing effort, putting together the prizes and persuading parents, staff and pupils to enter the prize draw.”

Patsy Johnson-Cisse was extremely grateful for the contribution, which will go a long way towards helping the charity continue their invaluable work.  She said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the impressive amount raised by Ipswich School, and on behalf of EACH I’d like to thank all the students and staff involved in raising such a wonderful sum. This donation will make such a difference and allow EACH to continue our essential work caring for local children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families.”

Another raffle, at the recent school production of We Will Rock You, was held at each night’s performance with proceeds of £517 going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity set up in the name of legendary Queen star and lead singer Freddie Mercury.  There were a number of other festive charity fundraisers for pupils leading up to the end of term.  A Christmas Jumper Day, where students and staff wore festive jumpers, or hats, raised a massive £1389 for the three school charities of Cancer Research UK, EACH and Anthony Nolan. Art Teacher Lucy Banham and her Year 9 form also performed their own fundraising feat, selling over 300 doughnuts in just 20 minutes one break time.  A profit of over £100 was made, all of which is to be donated to Cancer Research UK.  Other fundraising efforts included a total of £252 raised at music concerts, bringing the grand total to £2925 raised for charity by the Senior School in the last month. 

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster, said: “Community involvement is a central feature of life at Ipswich School, and our pupils gain a lot from taking part in regular activities in the local area and charity fundraising.  This year the students have outdone themselves with their fundraising efforts breaking previous school records.”

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