The entire Bridgewater School community came together to contribute to the annual ‘Pink and Yellow’ fundraising day on Friday 15 October.
This marked a chance for the Greater Manchester school’s students, staff and families to show their understanding and support on the issues of breast cancer and young people’s mental health.
Bridgewater organised a variety of fundraising efforts in aid of the Breast Cancer Now and Young Minds charities, with a total of £1,402 raised as the entire school, from Kindergarten to Year 13, participated in and enjoyed Pink and Yellow Day.
The brilliant fundraising effort from Bridgewater School was directly recognised by Breast Cancer Now and YoungMinds on social media:
Wow! What a fantastic fundraising effort! Thank you to everyone at Bridgewater School for all your hard work and support 👏
— Breast Cancer Now (@BreastCancerNow) October 19, 2021
We really appreciate the support team 💛
— YoungMinds (@YoungMindsUK) October 19, 2021
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer within the UK, accounting for 15% of all cases in females and males.
Breast Cancer Now report that one woman in the UK is diagnosed every 10 minutes, so it’s lovely to see that Bridgewater are raising money towards a charity who are battling such an important cause through research and care.
With over 50% of mental health illnesses established by the age of 14 and less than 1 in 3 young people who are affected getting access to NHS care and treatment, the help that charities like YoungMinds can offer is invaluable.
Bridgewater School offer activities like ‘HIIT’ (High Intensity Interval Training) and yoga at lunchtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays to both students and staff in initiatives that can improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Head Girl, Rowan, added that members of the Bridgewater community ‘hold a personal connection to these charities’ in some way:
“The students, teachers and families at Bridgewater all in some way hold a personal connection to these charities. The school community, especially Sixth Form, have worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s Pink and Yellow Day was a blossoming success.”
Rowan also commented on some of the fundraising activities that took place, which sounded very exciting:
“From our ‘Name the Bear!’ competition to the selling of stress-balls and donuts, this year’s event raised a huge amount of money which will be split equally between these two amazing causes.”
Bridgewater School opened in 1950, initially to 55 boys and moved to its current Drywood Hall location in 1952.
It became the co-educational independent school that it’s known as today, in 1968.
As Bridgewater are fortunate enough to offer high staff-to-pupil ratios, they can provide continuity of individual attention across the entire schooling age of Early Years to Sixth Form.