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    King's in Final of Goldsmiths' Award

    King's in Final of Goldsmiths' Award

    The King’s School young philanthropists have been recognised for their charity, voluntary and environmental work and in creating one of the UK’s most community-minded schools.

     

    They have been chosen as one of three schools in the North to go to the national final of the Goldsmith’s Community Engagement Awards in the Goldsmith’s Centre in London in June.

     

    They qualified for the national final following the regional contest in Stockport, at which each member of the King’s team had to talk about how they had championed key causes throughout this year. The youngest member of the team, Jemima Jordan, 13, from Henbury, spoke about how the school had raised over £6,700 towards the Macclesfield ‘Hand on Heart’ appeal to place defibrillators in all Macclesfield primary schools.

     

    Rory McCabe, from Mottram St Andrew then outlined his 100Km running challenge last year which raised £2,000 for Headway and his plans this year to recruit another 15 King’s students who will join together hoping to raise £15,000 for the Young Minds Trust.

     

    Rebecca Foster, from Congleton, talked about the school’s eco initiatives, how they are championing the recycling of clothes and growing their own produce and conducting community wide little picks.

     

    Olivia Holder, from Prestbury discussed the school’s annual Sixth Form Fashion Show, which has so far raised over £50,000 for The Christie and each year goes from strength-to-strength thanks to the engagement of numerous supportive fashion retailers, parents and local companies.

     

    Sarah Abrahamse, from Congleton, talked about next year’s plans and all the new ideas the school has to further develop their support for the East Cheshire Hospice.

     

    Kieran Cullen, from Macclesfield, enthralled the judging panel as he recounted aspects of his voluntary work with dementia patients at Macclesfield Hospital and in the Macclesfield branch of Age UK.

     

    The youngest member the team spoke for all of them: “We all feel we are so incredibly fortunate and agree that it is our duty and privilege to help others. Serving others is in our DNA at King’s.”

     

    The Goldsmiths’ judging panel stated: “We were impressed with the students’ understanding of what they had learned from their community engagement activities, how these activities had changed their views on the world around them and their personal stories about how they felt they had changed the lives of others.”

     

    Lynne Adams, King’s Charity Coordinator said; “It is a pleasure to work with such caring, innovative and dynamic pupils at King’s. The Regional Final was rigorous and challenging but our team of six pupils each spoke with compassion and understanding. King’s has enjoyed being part of the local community for over 500 years, so for the School’s contribution to the community to be recognised in this way is truly special. We are greatly looking forward to the National Final in June where we hope to do Macclesfield proud.”

     

    Pictured from left to right are: Rory McCabe, Jemima Jordan, Kieran Cullen, Olivia Holder, Sarah Abrahamse and Rebecca Foster.  

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