CHARITY-MINDED pupils and staff at Saint Martin’s School have raised more than £10,000 for good causes in a year.
The senior schoolgirls collected an impressive £6,700 for mental health organisation Mind – their chosen charity of the year – through fundraising events including a Halloween bake sale, Christmas pantomime and a Ladies Night concert featuring a specially recorded message from Spice Girl Geri Horner.
And their goodwill didn’t stop there.
The Brueton Avenue pupils raised a further £3,800 for other organisations including Unicef, Beat, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children and Sparkhill Foodbank, taking their annual efforts to an impressive £10,500.
Among the contributions were donations from the Young Enterprise team Fusion, dress-down day fees and refreshment sales at the Year 10 versus staff rounders match.
Some staff also went the extra mile and completed the Wolf Run to boost the charity coffers by over £800.
Headteacher Nicola Smillie said: “A huge ‘well done’ to all the girls and staff who have put so much effort into this year’s fundraising for such fantastic causes.
“We take huge pride in our academic abilities here at Saint Martin’s, but we also place great importance on supporting those less fortunate than ourselves – both here in the Solihull area and around the world – an ethos everybody buys into 100 per cent.”
Karen Bolton, head of community and events fundraising at Mind, said: “Thank you so much to the girls of Saint Martin’s for choosing to donate such a fantastic amount to Mind.
“Not only will it help to raise awareness and decrease the stigma which sadly still exists around mental health, the donation will also help us to provide vital support and services to the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.”