Your article: School’s charity week raises nearly £2,600

Charity week at Pocklington School.
Charity week at Pocklington School.

Pocklington School Charity Week 2015 raised almost £2,600.

The week kicked off with an Easter bake-off. On the Monday, staff and students showcased their creative cooking skills with some truly stunning Easter themed cakes. These were carefully judged by Domestic Bursar, Andrew D’Arcy, who had a hard time choosing the winners. The cakes were then sold to raise money for the school’s three chosen charities:

• Wold Haven Day Centre - A local centre for vulnerable adults including, elderly with dementia, people with learning disabilities and people with enduring mental health problems. The centre provides a safe and stimulating environment for people to develop new skills, take part in interesting activities and make friends to prevent social isolation.

• Army of Angels - The Army of Angels UK Forces Charity provides direct and indirect support to serving and veteran personnel in the British Armed Forces who have been injured mentally or physically in the course of duty.

• War Child – Provides life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war.

Other events included a lively middle school fair and a butler auction in St Nicholas’ Quad where pupils enthusiastically bid for volunteer butlers to assist them for a day.

Another busy day’s fundraising took place on the Tuesday with a non-uniform day, Where’s Wally selfie competition, human 10 pin bowling, a staff vs students netball competiton and the very popular big game of musical chairs on Fentons’ Fields.

On the Wednesday, staff gunging was the highlight. The shortlist of those lucky staff to be gunged was posted on the Monday and voting by pupils and staff was brisk all week. The four lucky teachers with the most votes were duly gunged: Mr Dawes, Ms Boiangiu, Ms Danby and Mr Houltham. They all took their gunging gracefully without (much) complaint. A massive £360 was raised from sponsored gunge buckets while voting for staff raised over £140.

The lower school fair concluded the week. Plenty of innovative stalls were in evidence along with a lively game of three-a-side football with students competing against the staff dream team.

A spokesperson for the school said: “A huge thank you to Ms Chalkley for organizing the events and thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who contributed in any way. Charity week raised a massive £2,589.22.”

• See next week’s papaer for more pictures.