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Students Raise £26,434.89 for charity in just one week

13 Jun 2019
Photo shows the student group 'Bike'

Hills Road Sixth Form students were challenged to raise money for their preferred charity during the week beginning 3rd June, as part of Hills Social Action Week. In three days, students raised a total of £26,434.89 that will be donated to charities from Jimmy's Homeless Shelter and Women's Aid to East Anglia Children's Hospice and WaterAid.

At the beginning of the week, Year 12 students were split into groups, and each was given the brief to work on a project to raise over £100 for their chosen charity. They then had three days to come up with their fundraising idea and deliver the activity to raise as much money as possible.

Hills Social Action Week was created to enable students to take a break from their studies to deliver their fundraising ideas. And they certainly didn't disappoint! Activities ranged from cake sales to extreme walk, cycle and swim initiatives, to sleeping rough on the streets and cycling from Cambridge to Dover.

The student group 'Bike' raised the highest amount of £1,014 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The group undertook a variety of activities from cycling 40KM around the Godmanchester area and selling brownies to painting skirting boards and cooking for families and friends.

‘Bike’ team member and Hills Road Student Georgia said: "We are amazed at the response and generosity of the people who donated and by how much you can achieve when you put in the work. We h ope this will help many people who are suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and that our successful fundraising event will encourage others to raise money for this worthy cause."

Principal Jo Trump said: "Hills Social Action Week provides a strong opportunity for students to connect with local, national and international charities that they feel passionate about, and gives them the opportunity to blend social action as part of their learning experience at the College. We are really proud of our students' achievements; they have worked extremely hard, and this is demonstrated by how much they have managed to raise in such a short space of time."

Hills Social Action Week was managed by Unloc, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to empower young people to be innovative changemakers who seek to build stronger communities and sustainable businesses. To see more about the activity visit search #hillssocialaction.