Derbyshire students give charities a boost

Kind-hearted Matlock students have been busy raising money for local charities through their house system.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 9:30 am

Highfields School pupils have donated cash as part of its fundraising programme, including £400 to Jigsaw – a food bank in the town.

Each year all of year seven complete a sponsored walk and more than £3,000 was raised.

Recently almost £400 was given to First Taste charity.

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Last week Hannah Clapham and George Jennings, both year eight and of Ignis House, handed over a cheque for £400 to Jackie Hughes from Jigsaw, which is run by Church in the Peak. Eight boxes of food were also collected to distribute to those in need.

Highfields’ head of Ignis House and science teacher Helen Ould, said: “Our students have shown real commitment to supporting Jigsaw. They chose the charity themselves, keen to support a local organisation that makes a real difference to disadvantaged people in our area, and proved to be very energetic in their fundraising.”

Aqua House chose to raise money for Aquabox, a Cromford-based charity which sends filters to provide clean drinking water.

As well as £400 from their sponsored walk in year seven, a further £380 has been raised through cake sales and raffles –including a very popular chocolate raffle. This is now enough to fund three community filters.

Michael Cruttenden from Aquabox visited Highfields recently to accept the cheque.

Head of Aqua House and maths teacher Rebecca Brown, said: “I’m proud of the way our students been determined to make a difference to people in need of clean drinking water. Aquabox has projects in Syria, Gambia, Philippines, Guatemala – far flung places supplied by a local Derbyshire firm. Raising money for a local charity which helps people internationally appealed to us.”

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