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Festive fundraising no sweat for Oakwood pupils

11 Feb 2020 17:23:49
Oakwood High School Xmas Jumper Day fundraising

Fundraisers from Oakwood High School visited Rotherham Hospital’s Children’s Ward to celebrate turning festive jumpers into pounds.

Pupils, teachers and support staff from the high school on Moorgate Road, Rotherham, joined forces in December to host a Christmas Jumper Day. They raised £251 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted children’s appeal with funds boosting the Children’s Ward. 

David Naisbitt, Head Teacher at Oakwood High School, said: “At Oakwood we like to give something back to the community and we particularly enjoy doing this at Christmas by fundraising for a charity or good cause nominated by the School Council. The council wanted to do something which would cheer up youngsters in hospital at Christmas, which shows what a caring school community we have. 

“More than half the school wore their festive and winter jumpers with pride and we are really proud to have raised so much for the Children’s Ward. We can’t wait to see what our funds will be spent on in future.” 

Once all the pounds had been counted, Oakwood pupils visited Rotherham Hospital in February to donate the funds raised and to meet colleagues on the Children’s Ward. 

Mike Smith, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, added: “Fundraising isn’t just for grown-ups and we absolutely love to see children and young people of all ages getting involved in activities for our charity.

“Every penny really does count and the charity has some grand plans for how we could potentially invest the funds raised by Oakwood High School and others to enhance the care we provide on our Children’s Ward. Watch this space! We hope Oakwood’s festive fun will inspire other schools to also fundraise for the charity in future.”

The Dr Ted children’s appeal raises money to fund everything from toys to specialist medical equipment and resources to help ensure our youngest and most vulnerable patients, as well as their families, have the best experience of being in hospital as possible.

If your school would like to get involved in fundraising for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted’s children’s appeal, visit our website for inspiration - www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/Fundraising/Fundraising/ 
Alternatively, contact the Charity Team on 01709 426821 or email trft.charity@nhs.net.