Royal Grammar School


Students dig deep for charity

Students dig deep for charity

Students took part in a week-long series of activities to raise money and support a number of local charities including The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund, Dementia Care, Children North East and The West End Foodbank.

Research suggests that the people who are the happiest are those who give. Being kind really does make us happier people. With this in mind, more than £11,000 was raised as students, their parents and members of the RGS staff dug deep and got involved with a series of fundraising events including a fashion show, rowathon, bake sale, sponsored readathon, staff v students sports games, concerts and a special version of University Challenge. There were also a number of smaller events organised by the students themselves which added to the fund.

Charities Week also got students to think about disadvantaged families and people in the local area. They were asked to bring in dried foods which were taken to the West End Foodbank to help the busy centre keep their stocks in good supply during the festive period and also provided gifts for Children North East such as cinema and theatre tickets or experiences the whole family can enjoy. 

Sixth Form student and senior prefect, Phoebe Gittins, had an instrumental part in organizing the Fashion Show which included several members of the teaching and support staff taking to the catwalk. 

Phoebe relished the opportunity to get involved in some of the organisation. She said,

‘It’s great to be involved with the Charities Week organization, especially after seeing it grow in stature during my time at RGS. 

‘It’s definitely something I am really proud of and I hope it’s success continues for years to come.’

Headmaster Bernard Trafford, was delighted with the efforts of all the students, teachers, support staff and parents who played a part in making the week a success. Commenting on the buzz around the school he said,

‘It’s been a hilarious week of original and crazy fundraising stunts, including an inter-house Rowathon and a fashion show, not to mention a storming student rock gig in the school's main hall to finish the week.

‘It wasn’t just out students, staff were involved too. There was a nailbiting University challenge quiz between staff and sixth formers, staff versus student netball, a staff three-legged race and some of my more elegant colleagues took part in the student-organised fashion show.

‘We've had an enormous amount of fun, and these generous, warmhearted young people raised a huge sum for their chosen charities. I am so proud of them – as I always am.’

Students at RGS have gone above and beyond Charities Week to raise money and have, since October half term, raised more than £15,000 for charity including Children in Need and the British Legion’s Poppy appeal.