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We have had a great first half of the year at Leukaemia CARE and wanted to fill you in on everything that has been going on for us!
We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for Sainsbury’s Blackpole’s charity of the year. We applied in April of this year and we were shortlisted alongside West Mercia Rescue and Young Carers Association. Shoppers were then asked to vote in store and online for their chosen charity
Earlier this week, the votes were counted and the results revealed, and we can happily announce that we are the Blackpole Worcester store’s Charity of the Year!
We can't wait to get stuck into some amazing fundraising events with the staff, and we know they'll be invaluable in helping us raise money to support all those affected by blood cancer.
We have had our oldest fundraiser start their own event this month! Glenys Hodgson is in her 70’s and is putting on a charity scooter rally in her hometown. The event will take place in August and Glenys is proof that you can fundraise at any age! Glenys started out placing tins for us and now she is an event pro!
The game, in which Sixth Formers pit their wits against the might of the staff team, has taken place annually for the last 12 years consecutively and this year, raised an impressive £1800 for Leukaemia CARE, bringing the overall total in the last 12 years to well over £10.000. Part of that sum was raised by Mr Daly who had his head shaved especially for the occasion!
Interim Headteacher Mr Stone, who attended the game said: “The charity football match has once again brought us together with members of the local community and raised an impressive sum of money for Leukaemia CARE. Thanks to all staff and students who took part.” This year’s event attracted a crowd of over 500 students, with families and friends coming along to lend enthusiastic support.
The game itself brought another staff victory, the 9th in the series of 12 games. Allan Barratt, the school’s ICT manager, scored early in the first half of a very even contest and although the Sixth Form team came close to equalising on several occasions, the single goal margin prevailed. The staff team had opportunities to extend their lead late in the second half, with Mr Hoban missing a gilt-edged chance but in the end, experience overcame youth as the staff held firm against a torrent of Sixth Form attacks.
There is no doubt that the overall winners were sportsmanship, fair play and, of course, Leukaemia CARE. Staff and students are now eagerly awaiting next year’s fixture.
You might remember David Roling as our fantastic fundraiser from our last letter. David did it again this month and raised over £1000 at his charity clay pigeon shoot. It doesn’t stop there as he has another one due in July. Massive well done from all of us here, David.
You can read more about David's fundraising efforts here.
We got four new Community Fundraisers on board this month! Our Community Fundraisers are people who do continual fundraising for us, whether that is through tins, events or raising awareness.
Last month, I got the opportunity to present to the 2nd Greenpack Cubs in Worcester. The Cubs are currently doing some recycling for us to raise money. We talked about the importance of recycling and how much this can help us and the environment, and the Cubs made their own robots out of recyclable materials.
Check out their creations here.
For two weeks in June, Small Charity Week hosted an eBay auction where a number of small charities auctioned off exciting and exclusive items. Leukaemia CARE took part, auctioning a 2016 England rugby shirt signed by the team, a signed Jason Robinson rugby ball, and a Leukaemia CARE flag from the North Pole!
Our items raised a fantastic £211! The funds raised will go towards helping us continue to support all those affected by blood cancer.