This year The Marvell College has chosen Special Stars as its ‘Charity of the Year’.
Special Stars Foundation are a not-for-profit registered charity. They offer a variety of services with the aim of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families in the Hull and East Yorkshire region Special Stars have often been referred to as a ‘lifeline’ for families caring for a child/ young person with a disability.
The Marvell College wants to support this great charity by raising awareness of it and by raising money.
In the Autumn term the school’s fundraising efforts have culminated in us raising more than £800 for our chosen charity, Special Stars. As a school, we firmly believe that focusing on our chosen charity helps to build spirit and a sense of unity. All of us at The Marvell College are committed to working as a team and have been very proud of the efforts that students and staff have made in order to raise as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.
This term saw all year groups raising money for our chosen charity “Special Stars” including bake sales, pumpkin carving, a non-uniform day and a charity football match. Student Council and the wider school community have been very much involved in deciding what events will be successful in raising money and what activities will involve the whole school. Therefore, all students have played an active part in helping to fundraise for our charity.
Towards the end of this term, Jordan, a representative from the charity came in to thank the school for their efforts and the monies raised so far. Jordan was very moved by the students that he met and their commitment to helping others – notably young people who have specific disabilities. It was great to celebrate the school’s effort and success with Jordan from Special Stars and we look forward to raising even more money as the year progresses.
A special congratulations must go to Year 8 who raised £384.10 extra in their competition for the Year 8 tutor group who could raise the most money in 3 weeks. The winning form received a free pizza lunch from PizzaMamma which was enjoyed by all those involved and a just reward for their efforts! 8EPA won and they met Jordan and presented him with the cheque they had raised for £139.75 through a bake sale and throwing wet sponges at staff.
A huge well done to all our students and staff for their support of and fundraising for Special Stars.
2016/2017 Charity - Emmaus
Emmaus is a homelessness charity. They provide a home for as long as someone needs it and work in their social enterprise. They help their residents, to regain lost self-esteem and the confidence to get back on their feet.
Emmaus was the Marvell College’s chosen charity for the 2016-17 academic year. Students worked tirelessly throughout the year to raise awareness and money for Emmaus and its residents.
The activities included
: Creating Emmaus shoeboxes filled with everyday vital items and presents for the residents to use.
: Visits to Emmaus in Hull to present cheques which were raised through charitable activities such as bake sales, non-uniform and sponsored walks.
2 Year 8 Marvell College students met members of the Royal Family at Emmaus in Hull in order to raise the profile of homelessness in Hull.
Amount raised £ 574.04
2015/2016 Charity - Freddie's Friends
In 2015-16 we chose to support Freddie's Friends which is a local East Hull charity. The charity was set up by the family of Freddie Appleyard who passed away in 2008 after battling lots of problems including a brain disorder. It was important for us a college to choose a charity which was close to home, because we wanted to support families in our locale who had disabled children.
At The Marvell College we recognise that we are all unique and special. By raising money for Freddie's Friends it helped students to gain a sense of belonging within the local community and to understand the many challenges that lots of families go through raising a disabled child-including some of those who attend our school.
With the money that we raised throughout the year, we presented a cheque to the founders of Freddie's friends and know that the money went towards buying essential equipment and help for families who have disabled children. Raising money for Freddie's Friends touched the hearts of all of us at The Marvell College and we were proud to help this most worthy charity and to make a difference-however small-to families' lives in our East Hull community.
Amount raised £ 946.88