Exciting Fundraiser Events at College for Parkinson’s UK
Staff and students at Cronton Sixth Form hosted a series of exciting events and games at the college, all in aid of raising money for this year’s chosen charity; Parkinson’s UK.
The idea for the events came from a group of talented students on the Tomorrow’s Doctors Programme at the college; Kirsten Headspith, Rahim Raja, Shauna Rogers and Darcy Rothwell. Kirsten was the main driving force behind the event; she has been personally affected by Parkinson’s as her uncle suffers from the disease. Kirsten and the group have demonstrated outstanding commitment by spreading awareness of Parkinson’s UK through these events.
Left to Right: Rahim Raja, Shauna Rogers, Kirsten Headspith & Darcy Rothwell
Exciting money raising events included; Deputy Head of Cronton Ben Barton cycling through the entire college day, only stopping to have his head shaved along with maths tutor Paul O’Neil. Head of Maths John Hatton had his legs waxed, while A Level Programme Coordinator Sandra Snooks was ‘in the stocks’ for wet sponge throwing. Students on the Tomorrow’s Doctors programme ran a tombola and ‘guess the amount of sweets’ competition, and Vocational Programme Manager Mehrdad Daliri was there to show off the results of a sponsored beard grow.
The college aim to raise a total of £2000 over the year, with lots of future events planned. At the end of the month, the college will host a student & staff pyjama/onesie day and a competition between classes to build the longest ‘neuron chain’ using toothpicks, with prizes available for the group with the most sponsorship money raised. The students have also hosted cake sales at college to raise money for the cause.
Later this year, Ben Barton will take part in the gruelling IRONMAN UK course, with all sponsorship money raised being donated to Parkinson’s UK. The course involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling, and a 26.2 mile run.
Kirsten Headspith commented, “The events at college have been brilliant and I’m very happy lots of awareness has been made for Parkinson’s UK, something that is very important to me. Thank you to everyone who has been involvement in the events and to those that have made donations.”
Ben Barton added “The performance and commitment by our Tomorrow’s Doctors students in organising these events has been outstanding. They have demonstrated excellent teamwork and leadership skills, which will help prepare them for university and industry. I am very confident we will surpass our donation target for this great cause.”
Along with cash donation buckets set up around the college, Cronton Sixth Form have set up a Just Giving page to accept donations online. If you would like to contribute to this wonderful cause, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/cronton-parkinsons.