Amelie And Julia Fundraise For Their Silver Award
Lots of pupils have shown initiative and tenacity towards completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards this year including, Year 10 pupils Amelie and Julia who are working towards their Silver Award.
The girls have been busy fundraising for local charities and supporting them in their work. Together, they chose to help Waverley Day Centre which provides a day-care service and activities for older people in Kenilworth and the surrounding area. In October last year, the girls completed the 'Two Castles' sponsored walk from Kenilworth Castle to Warwick Castle, as part of the 'Walk for Waverley' fundraising campaign. They have also posted leaflets in the local area to raise awareness of the Centre, and made and distributed posters for the annual Waverley bottle tombola, which should have taken place last December. Unfortunately, due to local Covid-19 restrictions, the bottle tombola could not go ahead as planned and the Waverley Day Centre had to temporarily close its doors. Undeterred and in preparation for the Centre’s re-opening this April, Julia created an Irish dance video to entertain the Centre’s clients safely.
Amelie has also been fundraising for Rugby Foodbank (part of the Trussell Trust). Having carried out various activities over the last six months, including a sponsored 50km bike ride, she used the funds raised to make and decorate 48 Christmas gift bags and 101 Easter gift bags filled with mainly toiletries and food treats, which have been distributed to children of clients visiting the foodbank. Foodbanks have played an increasingly important role during the Covid-19 period and Rugby Foodbank has supported over 100 clients per week and anticipates a continuing high number of people accessing their services in the Rugby area.
Amelie said, “I had already decided to help the Foodbank before Covid-19, but it then became even more important. It was great that I could continue to fundraise during lockdown and I am so pleased that the gift bags were helpful. On the same day that we dropped off the Easter giftbags I received an email from John Hemmings, the Foodbank Engagement Officer who I had been dealing with, saying that they really valued the giftbags and that they had already started distributing them. I’m now planning Christmas giftbags!”
The girls’ initiative and proactive approach to completing the volunteering section of the Silver Award is commendable and they are well on their way to completing their award.