Students Raise £1,500 For Local Causes

Posted on 19th February 2016

Inspired by First Give, a charity that helps young people use their time and talent to improve their communities, students at Bedales School have won grants totalling £1,500 for charities in the local area.

Students were selected for the quality of their work to present the case for five charities to an esteemed panel of judges including Councillor James Deane, Deputy Mayor of Petersfield, Sarah Howard, Trustee of Petersfield Museum and John Payne, Police Community Support Officer at Hampshire Constabulary.

First Give provides a free eight week programme in schools that allows students to use their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local community, as well as a total of £1,500 grant money for each school to award to the charities of the three winning teams.

A number of exceptional causes from the local area were presented during the competition, including The Hampton Trust who won £1,000 and Portsmouth Downs Syndrome Association and Southern Domestic Abuse Service who received £250.

Karen Jordan, Programme Manager at The Hampton Trust said: “We are delighted to receive first prize from Bedales School’s First Give programme. We feel honoured to be championed by such a gifted group of young people. The money will go towards much needed resources for our LINX programmes.”  LINX is a programme designed for young people to help reduce anti-social or violent behaviour through interactive based workshops.

Bedales School is one of 110 schools taking part in the First Give programme this academic year.