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:-
2019 to 2020 Academic Year to Date
Park Run Breakfast for Martin House – Saturday 23 November 2019
We are delighted to confirm that a sum of £1,350 has now been handed over to Martin House in Wetherby. We wish to thank everyone who supported the event – we had a wonderful response on the day even though the running conditions were horrendous!
Student Harry Crichton was the first home for the St John Fisher team. There are some very important thank yous:
Claire Gorman’s Catering Team at St John Fisher‘s gave their time for free, Avenue Bakery donated bread rolls. Bidfood donated the bacon and pain au chocolat and Birchall’s donated drinks and eggs. We were also blessed with a large supply of Heck sausages from the Keeble family and team. A special thank you to St Aidan’s and Kate Curtis’s Team Coconut from Ripon who turned up in significant numbers to support the event. Thank you to you all.
Children in Need 2019
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, bake-off, sponge the Headteacher, auction of promises and 6th Form pantomime, we raised well over £4,000 in 2019.
Harvest Tin Tower October 2019 – a record-breaking number of cans (2,600+) were donated to St Pio Priory Soup Kitchen in Bradford. Congratulations to all the students in 7f who collected the most tins.
CAFOD Soup and Roll Fundraiser, October 2019 – £700 was raised.
Wellbeing Champions Cake Sale, in October 2019 raised £120 for Mind.
Other Major Fund Raising Events
The Knaresborough Bed Race. Our brilliant Bed Race Team achieved our fastest time ever, supported by a group of 30+ staff on the day. Team captain Anthony Hussey paid glowing tribute to his squad singling out Year 7 student Hattie Robson for special praise. “She steered us round the course like a future Formula 1 Racing Driver. We were utterly exhausted at the end – but a great day and a great cause to get Year 13 student Jordan Teodori Faith his prosthetic leg”. Over £1,641 was raised for this event.
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.
‘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 2017
The second event was the Xmas Jumper Day on Friday 15 December 2017, 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.