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Students raise over £500 for The Bridge

Students raise over £500 for The Bridge

Students at Iveshead Secondary School in Shepshed have raised an impressive £511.28 for local charity The Bridge (East Midlands), following a non-school-uniform day.

Over 800 children took part in the school-wide event, each making a small donation for the charity, which works to prevent and relieve homelessness in the local area.

Based in Loughborough, The Bridge offers a range of free and impartial housing-related advice, support and assistance services to vulnerable people across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Amongst the students the non-uniform day was considered a great success, with one student commenting: “I love fundraising because it’s great to know that the money will go to a good cause.”

It adds to Iveshead School’s substantial record of charitable giving. The school has done many fundraising events in the past, from cake sales, to non-uniform days, to sponsored silences. The school’s Safeguarding Manager Jo Barstow said:

 “We chose to support The Bridge (East Midlands) in this fundraising effort because they have helped many of our students and families over the past few years.”

Mr Matthew Parrott, the Principal of Iveshead School, added:

“I am very grateful for all the help and support The Bridge has provided to the students and families of Shepshed.”

The donation will help The Bridge to continue to provide its vital services to local people, many of which benefit the students and families of Iveshead School.

Services such as talk2sort (mediation for 11-19 year olds) and the Single Access Point (preventing homelessness for 16-17 year olds) are directly available to students in need, in efforts to decrease the likelihood of youth homelessness occurring.

Molly Boggis, Head of Housing Services at The Bridge, commented:

“Iveshead School have shown that non-uniform days are a great way of raising money for a good cause whilst having fun.

“The money helps The Bridge to continue our great work, which last year saw 94% of our clients state that we had helped to prevent or relieve their homelessness.

“We have built a strong working relationship with Iveshead School over the past seven years and would like to say a huge thank you to all of the children, parents and staff for their valuable contribution towards tackling homelessness.

For more information on hosting a local fundraiser, please visit our Help Us page.

Photo: Principal Matthew Parrott with students of Iveshead School.

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