Charity Work and Fundraising
As a school we do an amazing amount of fundraising and support for both local and national charities. Our students are keen to engage in many fundraising activities to help those less fortunate than themselves. We sell poppies in school on behalf of the Royal British Legion to support those who have given their lives for their country or been injured in action.
In the Autumn term we ask for food donations for hampers to share with the elderly in the community, either directly to the care home or via Age Concern. We have non-uniform days in school throughout the year that help to raise money for a number of different charities including Jeans for Genes, Save the Children and during Lenten Charity fortnight students decide which charities they would like to support.
There are numerous cake sales throughout the year and this year donations have been made to Alzheimer's UK and Macmillan Cancer Support among others. Our Lenten Charity fortnight is a hugely successful 10 days of fundraising and this year there were several amazing events in school that helped us to raise money for Cancer Research UK. For our Family Fun Day and Spring Fair monies raised were given to St. Catherine’s Hospice. There was also a sponsored 5k cross-country fun run in school for students and money raised was split between Cancer Research UK and St.Catherine’s Hospice.
Over the last year few years our amazing team of staff, students and their families have helped to raise an amazing £20,000. We are so very grateful to everyone for all of their support as we couldn’t do it without you.
Sadly, due to Covid-19, we haven't been able to take part in the majority of fundraising for charities, as we have been able to in previous years.
JEANS FOR GENES - OCTOBER 2022
We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise £948 for Jeans for Genes.
You are amazing and we couldn't do this without your support!!
We have received this lovely tweet from Jeans for Genes
READ FOR GOOD 2021 TO 2022
We would like to thank all the students who took part in Read for Good sponsored reads during 2021 and 2022.
You have helped to raise the wonderful amount of £282! This money will be used to buy books for young people in hospital.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items for our Harvest collection in September 2022. The donations will be shared with Leyland Food Bank and Wade Hall Community Association.
Here is a message from our Chaplain Luke:
"God tells us to give with a cheerful heart, and we are so proud of all our students and staff who have donated so generously to our local food banks this Harvest. Thank you to all involved and God Bless!"
Lenten Charity Fortnight 2022
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Lenten Charity fortnight. With your help we managed to raise £3344.93 which is absolutely fantastic!
All the funds raised will be donated to Ukraine.
We were amazed to see so many contributions not just from our students and teachers but parents of our students too.
There was a huge and fabulous variety of fundraising events that took place during our Lenten Charity fortnight and you can read more about them here.
Staff Charity Football Friendly- February 2022
In February 2022, we hosted our second Staff Charity Football Friendly. Following on from Children’s Mental Health Week the decision was made to donate the money to Lancashire Mind and this helped us to raise the wonderful amount of £353.50 for Lancashire Mind. You can read more about this fun event here.
Support for Ukraine 2022
We were overwhelmed with the generous donations that we have received for the people in Ukraine from families, staff, along with staff from Marks and Spencers who donated too. You can read more about this here.
NSPCC Number Day 2022
A huge thank you to all staff, students, parents/carers who took part in any way or donated towards the NSPCC Number Day 2022.
The final total was a huge £327, which will all be donated to the NSPCC.
You can read more about Number Day here.
International Aid Trust Shoebox Appeal 2021
Our Middle School Council and Mrs Mackintosh organised shoeboxes for International Aid Trust.
Tutor Groups were asked to bring in items for the shoeboxes and our Middle School Council representatives did a fabulous job of checking and sorting the boxes 44 shoeboxes
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful charity and helped us to make Christmas a little brighter for the children who will receive the boxes.
You can read more here.
Staff Charity Football Friendly - November 2021
In November 2021, we hosted our first Staff Football Friendly, for Children in Need. This wonderful evening of football fun and helped us to raise the wonderful amount of £141.56 for Children in Need.
You can read more here.
Royal British Legion Poppy Collection - November 2020 and November 2021
£244.68 was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2020 and 2021.
A huge thank you to everyone for their support and helped us to raise this money.
We have received this thank you card from The Royal British Legion:
Please see details below on how your support has helped prior to Covid-19:
Christmas Hampers 2020
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated food, drink and cards for the Christmas hampers appeal again this year. The hampers are fantastic and we think that this must be the best year ever. Your kindness is amazing and they will make fantastic gifts for the clients of the Age Concern, Dementia Centre, King St Day Care Centre and deserving members of St Andrew's Church. We know that this would not happen without your generosity, time and effort. You are fabulous!
Many thanks to everyone in school who has helped with co-ordinating this work - it wouldn't happen without you!
Steve Haycocks delivered a selection of hampers this morning to Age Concern. Annette McLeod, from Age Concern, passed her thanks on and said "Lovely to meet you today and to thank you face to face for these beautiful hampers. What a fantastic team effort and very much appreciated.”
Please see a selection of the fabulous festive hampers below and Steve Haycocks delivering the hampers to Age Concern this morning.
Christmas Hampers - December 2019
A huge thank you to everyone who donated food and drink to our annual Christmas hamper appeal. We have been able to deliver over 40 hampers to the people in the local area who are in need of support at Christmas. The hampers really do make a difference and make Christmas a little brighter.
We have received the following letter from Age Concern thanking students and families for their support:
Shoe Box Appeal for International Aid Trust - November 2019
Thank you to everybody who donated gifts to the International Aid Trust appeal. Fifty three shoe boxes were donated and packed and £31 was raised to help with the delivery costs.
Children in Need - November 2019
An amazing total of £452.70 was raised for Children in Need at our Talent Show. A great evening of entertainment for all the family. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Royal British Legion Poppy Collection - November 2019
£123.22 was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thank you to everyone who supported and helped us to raise this money.
Harvest Foodbank - October 2019
In October 2019, we collected food for the Harvest foodbank. Thank you for all of your donations that help those in need in the local area.
Jeans for Genes (non-uniform day) - October 2019
£868.54 raised for non-uniform day supporting Jeans for Genes. Thank you to everyone who paid their money to support this amazing charity.
Macmillan Coffee and Cake - September 2019
£183.80 raised in the cake sales. Thank you to all the supporters, bakers and buyers for helping to raise money for Macmillan.
We would like to thank our students and their families, teachers and everyone that helps, for the fantastic support and fundraising so far!
Here are some charities we helped raise money for in 2018:
- Jeans for Genes (non-uniform day) - £890.48
- Children in Need (Talent Show) - £305
- Save the Children (Christmas jumper day) - £127.40
- Bethany Project (Music Christmas concert) £218
You can see what we did in aid of 'Age Concern' here.
You can see what we did for the 'Samaritans Shoe Box Appeal' here
You can see more information on Balshaw's Got Talent in aid of Children in Need here.
We would like to thank our students and their families, teachers and everyone that helps for another fantastic fundraising year!
Here is a photo of all of the money raised for Lenten Charities from 2010 - 2018
Poppy Appeal - 2018
Thank you to everyone that helped raise money.
Derian House - 2017
Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise money for Derian House in December 2017. We really appreciate your support.
Christmas Hampers - 2017
Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Christmas hampers again this year.
Every year we support the elderly in the community by providing the hampers. We work closely with Age Concern to make sure that the hampers are delivered to those in need.
Every box includes a signed Christmas card from the Tutor Group too. The hampers are then delivered to elderly residents in Leyland and the surrounding area just before school finishes for Christmas.
Your kindness really does make a huge difference to the elderly people in our community.
The hampers were fabulous once again - you are amazing and we couldn't do this without your support.
Here are some lovely 'thank yous' that we have received this year:
Save the Children - 2017
Once again this year we supported Save the Children by holding a non uniform day on our last day before the Christmas holidays.
You helped us to raise a fabulous amount of £819 which will be donated to this wonderful charity.
Thank you to everyone for their support - it really does make a difference.
Here are some examples of festive finery from the day!
Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child - 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to support Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child this year.
You helped to create over 90 shoeboxes that will have provided lots of happiness to those children in need.
You can see a thank you certificate from Samaritans Purse and a photograph of some of the wonderful shoeboxes with students from the middle school council and Mrs Greenwood.
RockFM Mission Christmas - 2017
Many thanks to everyone who donated gifts this year for the RockFM Mission Christmas collection. Your generosity really does help help families to have a better Christmas.
Poppy Sales - 2017
We have received a thank you certificate and postcard from the Royal British Legion for Poppy sales for 2017. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause once again. Your support makes a difference to those in need.
Jeans for Genes - 2017
Thank you to all the students and staff who took part in our Jeans for Genes day on Friday 27th October and helped to raise the fabulous amount of £910. We couldn't do it without you!
MacMillan Cancer Support - 2017
Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise an amazing £154.22 for Macmillan Cancer Support during our bake sale in October 2017. You are amazing!
Derian House - 2017
We have received this super certificate from Derian House for the money that was raised by our Middle School Council students selling 'Eggs and other things'.
Well done to everyone who helped to support this event and very worthy local charity.
Lenten Charity Fortnight - 2017
We have received a thank you letter and a certificate from Cancer Research UK for the amazing amount of £2,619.38 that was raised during Lenten Charity fortnight.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise this fabulous amount. We couldn't do it without your support. You can see a copy of the letter and the certificate below:
Christmas Hampers - 2017
Update February 2017: We had a visit from Ron Hutchinson, who is the Fundraising Manager for Age Concern, on Monday 27th February and he presented us with a certificate for our support for Age Concern - you can read more here.
Thank you to everyone who helped with and donated to the wonderful Christmas hampers again this year.
They were distributed to local elderly people before Christmas.
Please see this lovely letter below from Age Concern thanking us for the hampers and how they made a difference.
Rock FM Cash for Kids - 2016
Thank you to everyone who helped us to support local families at Christmas time 2016 by donating gifts and money.
Save the Children - 2016
Thank you to everyone who paid £1 to wear their festive finery on #christmasjumerday in December 2016 to support Save the Children.
Poppy Sales - 2016
We have received the following certificate from the Royal British Legion for Poppy sales this year. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.
Jeans for Genes - 2016
Our non-uniform day on Friday 28th October raised an amazing £920.78 for Jeans for Genes. Well done to everyone who supported this amazing cause.
We have received this tweet from Jeans for Genes and you can see some photographs from the non-uniform day below:
MacMillan Cancer Support - 2016
October - 2016
On Friday 14th October we hosted a cake sale in School in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. We had an amazing amount of delicious cakes and the event was very popular.
Thank you to everyone who baked and brought cakes along and to all those who came along to buy on the day.
Along with the cake sale, one of our Students, Katie Rourke and her family, created a fabulous bouquet of sweets (shown below) that were raffled in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. The raffle prize was won by Mrs Thomas. Mrs Thomas was a very worthy winner as she bought a ticket for all the students in her tutor group. You can read more about Mrs Thomas and her own fund raising further down the page.
The total raised was a fabulous £312.92 - thank you once again for all your support.
Charity Donations in Memory of Mr Eagle
Mrs Eagle works in our reprographics section in School. Mrs Eagle's Father-in-Law, Mr Eagle, recently passed away.
The family wanted to support charities and donations they received were divided between the following:
- Save The Children - http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
- Water Aid - http://www.wateraid.org/uk
- Parkinson’s UK - http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/
School also sent a donation and we received a lovely thank you card from Mrs Pat Eagle.
In total a wonderful £1,036.42 was raised by everyone and that meant that the family were able to donate over £300 per charity.
MARCH AND APRIL 2016
LENTEN CHARITY FORTNIGHT - Tuesday 29th March to Thursday 7th April 2016
FURTHER UPDATE TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016: Our final total for Lenten Charity was a whopping £2616.78.
We are now able to send £654.10 to our chosen charities namely: Clare House; Cardiac Risk in the Young; Make a Wish Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust. Well done to everyone for your amazing efforts.
UPDATE FRIDAY 8TH APRIL 2016: We have raised a wonderful £2368.38 for our Lenten Charities this year. Thank you to everyone for everything. You have been wonderful.
Every year Balshaw’s Church of England High School supports a number of charities during the Lenten Charity fortnight.
Why do we raise money for charity?
We believe that there is something noble and decent about doing something to help others, often less fortunate than ourselves and we want to give something back to our community.
This year our chosen charities are:
- CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young www.c-r-y.org.uk
- Clare House – Women and Children’s refuge for those affected by domestic violence www.progressgroup.org.uk
- Make a Wish Foundation – for children with life limiting or terminal illnesses www.make-a-wish.org.uk
- Teenage Cancer Trust – to help those teenagers affected by cancer www.teenagecancertrust.org
We have a number of events taking place over the Lenten Charity fortnight, including delicious cake sales, our catering team Chartwells have agreed to make ‘House Lenten Charity menus’ as chosen by all four Houses and they will make a donation from each day’s profits, there is also the ever popular non- uniform day.
Please see the list below for details of what is happening when:
- Wednesday 30th March - our catering team Chartwells are making the Clayton House menu choices
- Thursday 31st March is the Clayton and Cuerden delicious cake sale
- Friday 1st April - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Worden House menu choices
- Tuesday 5th April - 'Resurrection Rock' An Easter Celebration - there will be a collection for Lenten Charity
- Tuesday 5th April - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Cuerden House menu choices
- Tuesday 5th April is the Farington and Worden delicious cake sale
- Thursday 7th April - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Farington House menu choices
- Friday 8th April is non-uniform day for all who pay £1. Please make sure that money is in School by Monday 4th April at the very latest
Inspiration for raising more money!
Could you donate £5 by doing one of the following? - saving up, giving up money that you spend on goodies, do jobs at home or do a sponsored event.
Organise an event with our Tutor Group: Inter-tutor competitions, sponsored events, quizzes.
Do something outside of School – e.g. a sponsored event, a cake sale at Church.
If every Student in School could raise £5 that would mean a wonderful £1250 could be raised for a start off.
Last year we raised a most wonderful total of £3000 and with your help we are hoping to better that!
We raised a most wonderful £400 for Children in Need from our talent show that was held on Tuesday 17th November 2015.
Thank you to everyone took part and who came along and helped us to raise this money for Children in Need.
You can see the certificate and letter below that we received in March 2016:
We took part in Number Day 2016 on the 5th February and had fun with numbers during Maths lessons.
We raised a most wonderful £460.20 for The NSPCC and here is our certificate from them.
RockFM Cash For Kids
During December we collected a number of gifts for children aged between 0-18 and they were then donated to the RockFM Cash For Kids charity. The charity made sure that the gifts were given to those children in the area who needed them.
Thank you to everyone who helped by donating and to Danny Morris, a member of our Site Team, who organised this and took all the gifts to the collection point. Read more about the brilliant work that the Cash for Kids Charity do on their web page.
You can see the thank you letter and certificate from RockFM Cash For Kids below:
JEANS FOR GENES
In October 2015 we had a non-uniform day in School. Anyone who wanted to wear their jeans or own clothes were asked to donate a £1. You can see on the certificate below that we managed to raise a wonderful £872.25 for this deserving charity. You can read more about the work that they do on their web page.