July 2014: Record breaking amount raised on Charity Day

NEARLY £3,000 was raised in just one day at Haslingden High School making Charity Day the most successful ever.

More than 20 different charities benefited from the annual event that sees students from all years organising their own stalls and selecting the charities they want to benefit

This year the list included Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bury RSPCA, The Ummah Welfare Trust, Rossendale, Bury and Blackburn hospices, SOPHIE, The British Heart Foundation, Rochdale Dog Rescue and many more.

Activities ranged from a space hopper race, henna tattooing and two giant bouncy castles to teachers being soaked in the stocks – an event eagerly anticipated by many students.

This year, physics teacher Dave Hargreaves agreed to defy gravity by being stuck to a wall using tape – and it worked.

Asian food stall and the henna stall, manned by around thirty students in total, all co-ordinated by Year 9 student, Shahrin Nahar.

The two stalls raised a total of £850 to be donated to The Ummah Welfare Trust. Shahrin and her friends were motivated to help by the recent atrocities in Gaza.

Shahrin said: “It felt amazing that we all pulled together to help, especially during Ramadan. Even though we are fasting, we are hungry and tired; the effort everyone put in was fantastic. We are simply humans helping other humans.”

Another student, Matthew Tiler, raised money for local charity, Rossendale Hospice. Matthew, 13, along with friends Harry Bulcock, Ben Ludlam and Ben Coyle, smashed their previous Charity Day records.

Matthew said “Charity Day is a great event. It shows what our school is like; we are caring and want to help others. I feel very proud to have been a part of that.”