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Hills Road Students smash fund-raising target during their Social Action Week

12 Jun 2018
Year 12 students from Hills Road Sixth Form College have had a fantastic week raising a total of £19,585 for charities during their first ever ‘Social Action Week’. Set a week-long project challenge, the 1200 students were given a tough target of £10,000 to raise for charities of their choice.

Hills Road Principal, Jo Trump said: “The purpose of the week was to connect our students with local, national and international charities that they are passionate about and to give them an insight into social action. We have been delighted by the way in which they have risen to the challenge and really understood what it means to make a difference in this hands-on way. Over the project week, students almost doubled the fund-raising target we set them in a phenomenal effort and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Unloc Enterprise Academy have been working with the College to help inspire, motivate and develop this enterprising mind-set in its students. Unloc’s CEO Hayden Taylor said, “We are delighted with how successful the Hills Road Social Action Week has been. Unloc has been partnered with Hills Road for the past year, working on achieving our mission of 'empowering change-makers' here in Cambridgeshire, and this past week has certainly been the highlight.”

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all Hills Road Staff, Governors, the public and - of course - the students for getting behind this impressive event and raising an incredible amount of money for good causes."

At the beginning of the week students were split into groups of between 10 and 12 and were each given a brief to work on a project to identify and raise a minimum of £100 per group for their chosen charity. They then had three days to go out and about in Cambridgeshire raising the minimum target of £100 per group. One group of students formed a band called Ben’s Boys and three of their members performed in the centre of Cambridge raising funds for their chosen charity.

Other groups of students included the Deenadreamers who walked their neighbours’ dogs, washed cars and did some gardening to raise funds for the Botswana Diabetes Partnership Project and a group called Walking for Water, completed a sponsored 8km walk (the distance the average person in Kenya has to walk to access water) to raise funds for WaterAid.

Prizes were awarded at the end of the week with one going to the team who raised the most for their nominated charity. This went to the enterprising ice cream sellers who raised £811 for Melanoma Focus. Equally enterprising were the Bedsheet Boyz who created Community Art on Parker’s Piece by inviting the public to co-create a piece of combined art painted on bedsheets in return for a donation to their nominated charity, which was for local charity Jimmy’s night shelter.