Students raise highest ever charity total in one day


A MONSTER charity day saw nearly 60 stalls set up at Haslingden High School and Sixth Form raising the largest ever total of £4,285 for local, national and international charities.

The Sports Hall was packed with students as each year group got the chance to tour the stalls, have a go at the games, sample the food and walk away with a henna painted hand or glittered face.

Assistant Headteacher Elaine Edyvean organised the event and praised the students from Years 7 to Sixth Form for their hard work in arranging their own stalls.

She said: “We have 58 stalls this year, loads of Year 7s have got involved and we have some Year 11 and Sixth Form students who have finished school but have come back to raise money on charity day.

“Glitter has definitely been a big thing this year, and henna hand-painting, and there is lots of food on the Asian food stall.”

Twelve-year-old Yasneen Khan, along with his parents, spent the four hours the night before the event cooking large trays of samosas, kebabs and biriani.

He said: “Everything is going really well and we keep having to go back and forth to get extra food to restock.”

The students were raising money for Medical Aid for Palestine.

Bonnie Wilson, 14, and her team were putting glitter tattoos on students to raise money for Rochdale Carers.

Lily-Grace Foster, 11, was running a crash the cans stall to raise money for the Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for children fighting cancer, but she got chance to take time out to get her hand painted with henna.

Keegan Cartmell, 14, converted a hobby into a fundraiser and when their crochet stall sold out in 30 minutes, they started teaching others how to crochet.

Keegan said: “I used to knit, but on a strike day when I had finished all of my school work I decided to watch a YouTube video and taught myself how to crochet.

“I made about 50 different items from keyrings, teddy bears and earrings and I sold out. I raised around £55 for Mind.”

Year 7s Joseph Lord, Charlie Rickards, Alfie Hollinrake-Robb and Theo Allen set themselves up a Crazy Crepes stall.

Joseph said: “When Year 7s and 8s came in we had a big clump of them around the stall and we ran out of Nutella very quickly.”

They still had lemon, sugar, syrup and fruit to top the pancakes and raised over £80 for Guide Dogs for the Blind because Theo’s mum works there.

One student, 12-year-old George Taylor, couldn’t be missed as he walked around in a baked beans outfit.

He was joined by Emily Beavan to run their stall, where people had to match the baby photo to the teacher’s name.

They were raising money and awareness of Rossendale Community Food Box Scheme and asked the stalls that were selling food at the event to donate any leftovers to fill the local food boxes.