Pupils at Glyn School in Ewell enjoyed making life sweeter for themselves and others recently when the school’s Christian Union organised a doughnut sale to raise funds for a local foodbank’s work with refugees, raising over £215 in the process.
Year 13 student Joel Phillips had already won the group’s backing for his suggestion to do something to help refugees locally before the Epsom and Ewell food bank announced it was setting up a scheme to house refugees – and a plan soon took shape.
“It seems it was meant to be,” said Joel Phillips.
“As Krispy Kreme run a fundraising offer, we ordered 240 doughnuts and then organised students from three years, as well as staff, to sell them in two locations in the school during break time. Both stalls did a roaring trade, with one selling out its allocation in just six minutes! Everyone was very happy with what we’d done, and the only complaint we had was that we hadn’t ordered enough.”
Teacher Julia Lott, who helps organise the group, said she was very impressed by the initiative shown by the students.
“What I really liked was the way that they had an idea, found a way to put it into action and did so, straight away, to make a real difference,” she explained. “It’s something in which the whole school should take real pride”.
Charitable matters play a significant role in the life of Glyn, which is a founder member of the GLF Schools group multi-academy trust. In recent years students have run their own fundraising soup kitchen, and also established links with the Philip Qua Que School in Ghana, with pupils collecting educational supplies to send to Africa.
“It was a very simple idea but one which made a real difference,” added Joel. “The money raised will go towards helping house refugees, either going directly into paying for rent, or by helping raise the sufficient funds for the Ewell Christian Fellowship Trust to sign up to the Government’s scheme to house refugees. It’s nice to feel that we’ve done something practical to help people those most in need.”
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