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