At Audenshaw School, we are immensely proud to dedicate our time to supporting different charities.
This Year 2017-2018
In September 2017 the School Council and Prefects voted to support the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as this year’s chosen charity. We ran the ‘Crazy for Christmas’ campaign throughout November and December.
As a school we donated hundreds of presents to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Several of our prefects went to the hospital to drop off the gifts and were fortunate to be shown around some of the wards. We also hosted our annual Christmas Jumper Day in support of the cause.
In December 2017, students across the school spent countless lunchtimes learning to master the technique of knitting. The squares they produced were donated to a local group called the Neo-Natal Knitters who distributed the blankets to local premature baby units.
We also donated over 50 shoe boxes filled with gloves, hats, dried food, and toiletries to Lifeshare Ltd, a charity that supports those who are homeless and vulnerable in the Manchester and Salford area.
Last year Macmillan Tameside set us the challenge of raising £5000 towards their new Tameside Cancer Support Unit. We were extremely excited when our final total reached over £9090. Over the year we reached our target through several coffee mornings, our Mega Macmillan Raffle, Christmas Jumper Days, Wear Green for a £1, the one-hundred-mile challenge, bike rides, swim events, Sixth Form pinball machines, sports day obstacle course and the £10 challenge. We are so immensely proud of our students for over exceeding our original target. We were recognised by Macmillan for our charitable donations by our school name being put on a plague in the Tameside Cancer Unit.
Tameside Food Bank
During the month of December 2016 students collected tins and dried foods in order to support those most in need during the winter months. We collected over 2000 items that were donated to the food bank.
Other years we have supported campaigns such as:
Our Kids Eyes, In order to raise money for the Schools Charity, as elected by the Whole School Council in September 2014, at both the Christmas concert and the School's Christmas production of Joseph the Senior Prefect team collected donations from the general public. We also sold a selection of products that was given to the School from Our Kids Eyes to help us with the collection. Lastly, the Prefect team made tea/coffee and juice and sold these during the intermission. In total, we managed to raise £394 for Our Kids Eyes.
School Aid, Students collected stationary to donate to the charity School Aid. School Aid works in collaboration with Schools across the UK in order to provide Schools in Africa with the everyday essentials such as; pens, pencils and textbooks. The Senior Prefect team coordinated the collection by creating and presenting an assembly across all the Key Stages and they also visited form groups over the two-week period. In all, the School managed to collect the weight of a small baby elephant in stationary to send to School Aid.
Barnabus Homeless charity, Staff and students were asked to help the homeless population of Manchester by donating toiletries such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, sanitary products, soap, underwear, socks, hats and gloves. These were distributed to the most vulnerable members of society over the Christmas period.
Save the Children, Students were invited to wear a Christmas jumper and donate £1 to the Syrian refugee crisis. We raised £845.64 to donate to Save the Children, giving some hope to those most affected by war.
Key 103’s Mission Christmas, We were a drop of point for gifts for the Mission Christmas toy appeal. 1 in 3 children in Manchester are in poverty, and as a school we wanted to do our bit to ensure all the Children in Manchester received at least one gift on Christmas day.
Teenage Cancer Trust, Mr Hardy held a series of pinball competitions in the last week of the autumn term and raised £136.73 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Mr Hardy is part of the "Northern Lights Pinball" group that have raised over £15,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the last few years.