This past academic year, students at St Helen and St Katharine have raised £10,678 in aid of the UK’s leading sepsis charity, the UK Sepsis Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the condition and providing vital support to those affected.
Each September, the whole school community votes to select a new charity to support. Throughout the year, fundraising events are then organised by Sixth Form charity representatives, led by a Charity Prefect, as well as the Parents’ Association which makes a significant donation through its various activities such as the Christmas Fair and quiz nights.
The pinnacle of the school’s fundraising year is the annual St Kate’s Day celebration. Taking place in November, the celebration is primarily dedicated to raising money for the school’s chosen charity and marks the beginning of St Helen and St Katharine’s fundraising year – with 2021 being no exception. In just one day, students raised over £6,700 via a sponsored walk/run around the school’s campus and sports fields as well as competing in the traditional 2p race where form groups compete to lay repeating patterns of two pence pieces.
Chloe, St Helen and St Katharine’s Charity Prefect, commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the UK Sepsis Trust this year and am so pleased that St Helen’s has been able to contribute meaningfully toward this important cause. Hearing joint CEO, Sarah Hamilton-Fairley, tell us about the UK Sepsis Trust’s work and dedication was truly inspirational . It has been a pleasure working with and raising funds for the charity and I hope that they successfully carry on their work of supporting those affected by sepsis and spreading the vital message of sepsis awareness.”
In March, St Helen’s charity reps led a series of events fondly referred to as Spring Spirit. This involved students coming into school wearing a themed item of clothing or accessory – such as silly socks, funky scrunchies or Easter accessories – in exchange for a donation to the school charity. Other events have included the Valentine’s Day lollipop sale and a bake sale hosted by Years 5 and 6 students.
In the final weeks of term, students finished their fundraising efforts with a Disney-themed performance as well as a special charity stall at the annual Sports Day for a final push. Once added to the money raised so far, the grand total is expected to reach up to £12,000.
Sarah Hamilton-Fairley, of the UK Sepsis Trust, said: “We were absolutely delighted when we heard that St Helen and St Katharine had chosen to support the UK Sepsis Trust. The energy and ongoing commitment throughout the school year has been, quite frankly, awesome. Not only has the school raised astonishing funds but also, and perhaps even more importantly, public awareness. Our aim is that people are empowered, if they suspect someone might have sepsis, to ‘Just Ask’ the doctor or nurse, ‘could it be sepsis?’ We couldn’t be more delighted – and will miss working with the school, who have been an inspirational sepsis savvy partner. Thank you so much!”
Find out more about the importance of sepsis awareness and the work of the UK Sepsis Trust:
UK Sepsis Trust