Schools set to go on a bear hunt
Fundraising Team at Heritage High School
Record sign up for city wide fundraising campaign
Since the big announcement of the arrival of the bears in November, over 130 schools and community groups have expressed their interest in sponsoring a Little Bear to help raise funds to transform the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The ward treats children with cancer and blood disorders from babies through to 19-year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton. Whilst the care patients receive on the ward is world-class, the facilities need help, which is why funds raised will help improve the space for both patients and families.
The Bears of Sheffield fundraising campaign is coordinated by The Children’s Hospital Charity and is a new take on their previous city-wide art event ‘Herd of Sheffield’ which raised £610,000 back in 2016.
With 100 schools confirmed to receive a bear, this is already more than the 62 little elephants which made up the Little Herd.
The schools confirmed have committed to raising a minimum of £750 for their bear by the 25 May and some schools have already achieved this target. Fundraising can be done however they wish, for example through bake sales, dress down days, sponsorships or even getting quizzical. Education partner Twinkle are providing the schools with education packs and fundraising ideas to help guide them through the process, so the children learn, raise vital funds and have fun all at the same time.
Each participating establishment will be provided with their own Little Bear to paint and decorate however they wish, their bear will then join the trail in the summer holidays throughout July to September.
Heritage High School, a secondary school located in the village of Clowne, Chesterfield, is a 11-16 comprehensive in the heart of the Derbyshire Community.
Mrs Angela Lindley, Business Manager at the school, explained their reasons for taking part. She said: “Within our school community we have a number of families that the Children’s Hospital has supported through illness of either themselves or family members. We are grateful that this level of support is able to continue for the benefit of children and young people, not only in our community but for all who need this support.
“We’re so lucky to have an amazing staff member, Mrs Frances Newton, who, amongst other jobs, coordinates our student voice group and works with the students regarding the charities.
“She is the link between the students and the leadership team, I cannot praise her highly enough for the work that she does with regards to this area, working tirelessly to ensure that we support local charities.”
Mrs Newton explained the support she’s received from the students: “All of our students have been involved in the fundraising in some way or another.
“We have a brilliant team selling raffle tickets, taking the change buckets around and many more have signed up to join the fundraising team this week.
“We now have so many students wanting to help that we have had to draw up a rota, which is brilliant news. We have already raised £850 since September which really showcases how supportive the pupils are and how much they want to do their bit to try and make a difference.
“We will soon be running a competition to choose the theme of our bear and then a second competition to design the bear which will be based around our chosen theme. The winner will then be chosen by our students in a vote as we want them all to feel represented as they have all helped to raised funds for the charity.”
The Little Bears will be joining the sculpture trail this July along with the big bear sculptures which will be decorated by chosen artists. After the trail each Little Bear will be returned to the school, nursery or college as a permanent memento of the project.
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