The latest Fulford School Charity Week was organised by the Apollo House and led by the Director of Learning, Mr Gatenby. With the help of the House Council, key organisers and 6th form House captains, Helen Thompson and Dan Pocock selected the charity they would raise money for over the course of the week. The team settled on a local, Yorkshire based charity for teenagers suffering from cancer. The charity, called Candlelighters, have in the past worked to support pupils at Fulford School and so it was decided that we should do our part to show our understanding of the tremendous significance of the work the charity accomplishes.
Our Charity Week evolved around two main fundraising events, both organised and conducted by the Apollo House Captains. The traditional non-uniform day was held with a one-pound requirement for any pupil wishing to be involved. A Year 9 pupil said that “although people are usually just excited about not having to wear uniform, these events mean that everyone in the school is made to think about things and the important work of charities that a lot of people don’t ever think about”.
The second event was one of the most exciting and original fundraising events that Fulford has seen in recent years; organiser Helen Thompson said after “ We were so worried that no one would turn up, but the hall was so packed! It’s usually the music events that get a full-hall but our audience were going crazy!” The occasion in question was an auction of 6th form volunteers who were bid on by the entire lower school who competed to have them for an entire day as a personal helper! Helen and Dan commented that they serious doubts about how the events would run as the embarrassment factor could have prevented people from enjoying the experience. However, the outcome was more than they hoped for as the minimum for a personal helper was £15, with £35 raised for a double act.
At lunchtime on Thursday 9th, over 10 volunteer sixth-formers took the stage in the Hall as pupils and teachers piled in to inspect them. Lower school children had grouped together and pooled their money so as to increase their chances of getting a sixth-former to do their bidding for a day!