Upton are proud to support many worthy causes. Aside from helping those less fortunate than ourselves, the promotion of selfless acts underpins our Core Values and promotes kindness and thoughtfulness within our pupils. Across the year Upton supports both nationwide charities and those closer to home.
Global Challenge Charity
Global Challenge aims to alleviate poverty and suffering and improve education and self sufficiency in the Soroti region of Uganda. Earlier this year Upton donated some supplies via Queens Road Baptist Church and following a visit to Uganda the Global Challenge team contacted us with an update.
Who Are Global Challenge?
Global Challenge was set-up as an outreach charity by Queens Road Baptist Church in Broadstairs. Global Challenge is run by Trustees in the UK who are all non-salaried volunteers and seeks to find practical ways of bringing social justice and equality to those in need. The charity works in the Soroti region of Uganda to improve education, reduce poverty, improve self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of children with special needs. Over the past ten years, the charity has built up strong and personal links with co-workers in Soroti, resulting in a high level of accountability. The Trustees closely monitor and review the projects with our partners.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Many children and families know the pain of having lost someone to cancer. Latest research shows that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with Cancer at some point in their life, making this a very real issue affecting our pupils. This year our Upton Colour Run raised over £1000 for Mcmillan, while Upton mum and daughter Tracey and Seren Keen 'Braved the Shave to raise another £1000 at our Summer Fair.
Children in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices. This year our Cake Sale and Pirate Day raised over £800 to support this charity.
The QEQM is our local hospital and will always benefit from our support. Many of our pupils have been in the QEQM or have had loved ones well cared for by their staff.
This year our Year 5 pupils raised money for the Viking Ward at QEQM as part of their 'Bake it' topic. Pupils learned baking skills and then sold their cakes and treats to raise money for the Viking Ward.
Ward Sisters, Nurse Jo and Nurse Carrie, came to collect the cheque and to talk to pupil about what life is like in the NHS.
The money raised this year will go towards an Ultrasound machine for the ward.
For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The number of countries where polio is still found has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations.
This year Upton raised over £400 for this cause and local Rotary members donated 20 kilos of purple crocus bulbs which our children enjoyed planting on our grounds.
The NSPCC stands up for children, demanding that laws change and action is taken to better protect them. Upton take part in Number Day, which is a maths-inspired fundraising and awareness day. Funds raised from ‘Number Day’ will help support vital NSPCC services such as ‘Speak out. Stay Safe’ which visits primary schools across the UK to teach children about the dangers of abuse and what they can do if they need help. Upton raised over £500 for this cause. Click on this link to find out more.
Red Nose Day - Comic Relief
Alternating between Comic Relief and Sports Relief, this year our Pupil Council set a challenge for classes across the school to design their own fun red noses that they would like to see.
A huge number of interesting, whacky and weird suggestions were created – some as drawings, some as 3D designs. The winning eight entries were announced at a special Comic Relief assembly in front of the whole school.The charity benefited from the non-uniform day and Cake Sale fundraiser to the tune of £700.
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