Students at The Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth are celebrating raising £25,000 for Hope Against Cancer, a Leicestershire and Rutland cancer charity.
“In 2012 the School was celebrating its 25th re-founding anniversary and we wanted to mark the occasion by raising money for a good cause”, said Headmaster Mr John Wood.
“Many of us are aware of somebody battling this terrible disease and it was fitting that Hope, a local charity, was selected for our fundraising. Throughout the year, students, family and friends of the School have continually fundraised and I have been overwhelmed by the ingenuity and dedication of everyone involved.”
“From cup cake, chocolate and marmalade making, design and selling of recipe books, shoe cleaning, danceathons, 80s disco, sponsored horse ride, walks, runs, Summer fair, non-uniform day, whole school zumbathon, tennis tournament, donations, raffle and auction…the list of ideas has gone on. We even had a teacher who shaved his beard off after 25 years. He alone raised over £800.00.”
Wendi Stevens of Hope Against Cancer said “This is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly grateful for the support of The Dixie Grammar School and would like to thank the children for their hard work and commitment. The funding will be used on research carried out here in Leicester to benefit future local cancer sufferers.”
One of the main ideas to engage the students was a Cash Challenge, with each child being given £1 with the aim of raising £25.
Concluding John Wood said “I think it is fair to say that I and some of my colleagues thought that it was an ambitious target for a school of our size, but I am absolutely delighted that we have reached our target. Congratulations to all involved on this superb achievement, I am very proud that we are donating such a large sum to a very worthwhile and important local cancer research charity.”