Children challenged to complete Hospice fund raisers over the next few months


Junior santas and entrepreneurial youngsters can do their bit to help Katharine House

As youngsters in our area head back to school the team at Katharine House are encouraging them to take part in some fun fundraising activities for the hospice.

The popular Schools Santa Run returns this year.   The sister event to the main Santa Fun Run invites pupils from nurseries, primary and secondary schools to don a Santa hat and complete a sponsored run as part of a class or whole school event.   Dozens of schools have taken part since the scheme was created three years ago, so far raising £50,000 for Katharine House.  

Young entrepreneurs are being challenged to join in with the Hospice’s Accumulator Challenge.   This sees schools, community groups and businesses channelling their inner Alan Sugar to turn a £50 start-up investment by the hospice into as much money as they can.   The team raising the most money will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in the spring.

Events Manager Helen Lerwill said: “Encouraging children to raise money for our hospice doesn’t just benefit our patients and their families, it also helps pupils feel part of their community and gives them a sense of empowerment.

“Our Schools Santa Run is a simple outdoor activity which is designed to be flexible for every school to fit within their PE curriculum or as a fun extra-curricular activity for both pupils and teachers, but mostly it’s just a great way to end the term!

“And our freshly relaunched Accumulator challenge is a great way to encourage pupils to hone their entrepreneurial and fundraising skills.

“We rely heavily on the fundraising efforts of our local community, so if any schools can help us fundraise to ensure our services can continue for many years to come, we’d love to hear from them.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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