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Pupils raise awareness and funds for hospital
10:50am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
STUDENTS have been parading billboards around Churchfield’s Academy to raise awareness of their chosen charities as part of their citizenship course.
Pupils designed billboards and sandwich boards, which they wore around the school during breaktime highlighting charities such as Diabetes UK and addiction charity To Write Love On Her Arms. They also highlighted issues such as genocide in Burma and self-harm.
One group chose to raise awareness of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after student Jessica Popkiss’s sister had to be transferred there to be treated for a hole in her heart.
Fifteen-year-old Jessica, from Park South, said: “We made a big and colourful billboard that stuck out and made people notice it. It had many things on it such as teddies and stars to symbolise the children and also our Twitter name and information.”
The group set up a Twitter account to raise awareness of its work and has been in contact with primary schools to talk to children about the hospital.
Jessica said: “The children seemed really interested in what we were doing and we were greatly appreciative of their time. We made some bracelets to hand out to them, to not only say thank you but also help us raise awareness.
“All of us have enjoyed taking part in the project. We will be doing more events around the area to raise money for the hospital and are hoping to personally donate the money to them. We will be doing things like a cake sale at school, having a stall at some of the primary schools Christmas fetes and also other events that other students can take part in.”
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