Charitable Activities

Charitable Activities in 2015-16

Every year, Sheffield High School shows fantastic dedication to fundraising, whether for charities we have supported in the past or those introduced to us by new staff or students. This academic year 2015-16 has been no exception, and in the Senior School we have raised over £7600.

The Autumn Term was incredibly successful for fundraising at Sheffield High School, with a fantastic total of £5500 raised for various charities over four months. September began with a wave of support for Syrian refugees, with £300 raised to send through Oxfam. In the same month, girls, parents and staff united to collect over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support with a bake sale and tea party, and the Alex Reid memorial netball tournament in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) raised over £400 for the charity, which aims to reduce the number of deaths in young people due to undiagnosed heart conditions.

Support only grew throughout the term, with particular high points being just under £1000 raised for Children In Need and £1050 raised for Bluebell Wood through the Carol Service, Craft Fair, and stalls organised by the girls. The best total of the term was a wonderful £1500 raised by the year 7s in the Read-On for the Sheffield Society for the Blind, a cause that has been consistently supported by SHS for many years. This number was matched by the annual Christmas fayre on November 27th, where the great variety of stalls provided entertainment for all and raised another £1500 for the PTA.  Sheffield High School was chosen once again as a collection point for the Hallam FM Mission Christmas charity collection, aiming to provide as many disadvantaged local children as possible with presents on Christmas day.

This commitment to fundraising was continued throughout the Spring Term. As usual, non-uniform days were a staple of fundraising activities this term, raising £500 each for both PLAN and Bluebell Wood. We were also able to support numerous other charities, raising £150 through daffodil sales for Marie Curie, £130 in support of Fair Trade, and purple day for South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association (SYEDA) raising £200.  Great fun was to be had witnessing the staff netball tournament in support of CRY, raising £109 and Eco-Day raised more than £500 to support endangered animals.

An amazingly busy Charity Fayre in the Summer Term raised a phenomenal £950 for Cavendish Cancer Care with various stalls and games. The school’s Bags2School initiative raised another £100 for the FOSH PTA. The annual Summer Fayre supported less well known charities such as Samaritans, Safe@Last, Parkinson’s UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

In terms of more physically active fundraising, two Year 8 girls donated £375 to Cancer Research after completing the Pretty Muddy Race for Life and the combined efforts of sixth formers and staff raised over £1500 for Makomborero through Peter’s Commute; Ms Salmon swam a half marathon for St Gemma’s hospice in Leeds, and Miss Thorneloe raised more money for CRY with a sponsored ‘Coast to Coast’ walk over the summer.  Our Sports Day included a charity race, this year in aid of Sport Relief.

‘This year has been brilliant for fundraising, and we thank everyone who got involved, whether by organising an event themselves or simply buying cakes from stalls on the Link. Including the Junior School, we have raised over £10,000 for various charities, and we have no doubt that the enthusiasm of the girls will help us match it next year.  Well done, and thank you everyone!’

Ms Salmon