Charitable Fund Raising
As a Catholic School charitable fundraising is a very important aspect of our mission. Our students are encouraged to support a wide range of charities including CAFOD. The students work as individuals, as part of their form, as members of the school council and as a whole school to raise money. Recent projects include:-
- The Knaresborough Bed Race. £1,205 in sponsorship support for the Children’s HeartSurgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. “A real team effort,” commented a delighted Headteacher Mr Pritchard. “We are committed as a school to the local community and it showed on the day of the Bed Race.”
- Wear Red Day for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary. In February 2017, a total of £703.45 was raised for this worthy cause.
- Harvest Tin Tower – in 2017, 1,531 cans were donated to St Pio Priory Soup Kitchen in Bradford.
- Macmillan Coffee Morning – in September 2017, a total of £592 was raised.
- CAFOD soup and roll raised £680 in October 2017.
- To further raise the profile of Fairly Traded Products, the R.E. Department ran a Fairtrade Christmas Sale from Monday to Friday at the beginning of December 2017 during lunch times. Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars, chocolate, biscuits and other Christmas gifts were on sale for staff and students. Four prefects per day ably helped in setting out the stock, selling it and putting it away. The sale raised a pleasing £260.00.
One of our main annual fundraising events is CHILDREN IN NEED which is organised by the 6th Form Congress. In a week of fun filled events including a staff v student football match and netball match, auction, 6th Form pantomime, game show and bake-off, we raised well over £5,015 in 2017.
‘Jogging For Jordan’
In 2017, SJF school started to raise money for Jordan Teodori-Faith, the Proteus Syndrome sufferer in Year 13, the fund has so far reached over £2,715 towards the cost of a state of the art artificial leg. The first event was to take part in the Harrogate 5k Park run on 2 December where there was a fantastic turn out of staff, students, friends and family. Participants and supporters returned to the school after the run for a hot breakfast. Mrs Gorman, Catering Manager and her team volunteered to come in on Saturday morning and were supported by generous donations from Avenue Bakery and Bidvest.
Fastest student performance came from Rob White and Dan Owen from the DT Department was quickest member of staff. “A brilliant morning”, according to the Headteacher, Mr R Pritchard who ran with his dog, Winston, “A real team effort”.
Xmas Jumper Day
The second event was the Xmas Jumper Day on Friday 15 December, wearing our ‘Jumpers for Jordan’ as well as fundraising for Save the Children: 50% of funds raised will be given to Jordan Teodori-Faith’s fund.
Students attended school in their uniform and in exchange for a small donation of £1 they wore a Christmas jumper in place of their blazer only. A total of £875.63 was raised making an additional £437.82 to Jordan’s fund.
St John Fisher is also proud to support the work of Martin House Children’s Hospice.