This week, students at Barnsley Academy were presented with a special certificate from Cancer Research UK celebrating their achievement in raising nearly £1,000 for the worthwhile charity.
In March of this year, 130 students in Years 7 to 10 at the academy signed up to take part in the charity fundraiser, where they were challenged to walk a combined total of one million steps over the course of the month. Each student donated £1 and in exchange they received a pedometer to count their steps and a sponsorship pack to help collect any donations.
As well as to raise money for the charity, the aim of the challenge was to encourage the young participants and their families to become more active and get a better understanding of the benefits of regular exercise. The month long event also helped the students to build their confidence and strengthen their conversational skills, as they learnt how best to ask for donations and explain the importance of their fundraising efforts to other people.
By the end of March, the students had far exceeded their target of one million steps, walking a combined total of almost five million steps. Rewarding the students for their hard work and generous donation, Cancer Research UK presented the academy with a special certificate this week.
Giving students the opportunity to challenge themselves through events like this outside of the classroom and instilling in them a desire to be socially responsible and charitable citizens of the future, are key parts of the academy’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character to its young people.
Year 10 student, Karina Bryant, who took part in the fundraising event said:
“Learning about the charity and building awareness of Cancer Research is so important. I enjoyed being a part of a project that made me feel as if I was helping others, especially as cancer affects so many people in different ways.”
Anneka Read, Project Lead at Barnsley Academy, said:
“The amount of students who signed up for this fundraiser is a testament to the absolute commitment that our students have to supporting others. To see students wearing their pedometers every day and their pride in the amount of steps achieved each day reflected their determination to achieve their goal of one million steps. We are so proud of our students and the amount of money they have raised for Cancer Research.”
Steve Dixon, Principal of Barnsley Academy, said:
“I would like to congratulate all of our students who took part in the steps fundraising challenge for Cancer Research UK. It was particularly pleasing to see students across all four year groups work together as a team, supporting and encouraging one another throughout the month to reach their one million step target, and in the end completely exceed it.
“It is by giving our students opportunities like this, where they can try something new, bring out the best in each other and contribute to the local and global community, that we deliver on our promise to provide an Education with Character at Barnsley Academy. Our students are thoroughly deserving of their certificate and we look forward to continuing to offer them this kind of experience in the future.”
Josie Bowler, Senior Central Fundraising Executive at Cancer Research UK, says:
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. However, we have only been able to achieve this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Barnsley Academy, without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving research.”