King Ethelbert BTEC business students raise mental health and young carers awareness

KES 6th formers organised fundraising events

Year 12 BTEC business students of King Ethelbert School are raising money for ‘Action for Children’ charity and young carers.

For the third consecutive year, King Ethelbert School 6th form business students have  organised a series of events to help raise awareness and vital funds for charity.  This year the students wanted to continue to raise the importance of mental health in young people and the work of young carers.  The main charity chosen was Action for Children.

As part of their vocation studies unit, the students had to host multiple events in June and July to help raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health within the school community and also raise the profile of the challenging work young carers do.

So far, the business students have raised more than £850 with events including refreshment stalls, ‘soak the staff’  and a 6th form v staff football match which raised approximately £350.  The students also held a staff car wash, in which they received donations from Halfords in Thanet for the buckets and sponges, which then raised £110.  A fabulous Year 7 disco was also held, which was the first one since the Covid pandemic and raised approximately £155.

As part of the Performing Arts department KES Festival, a raffle was also organised to raise further funds for the department. In total an amazing £250 was raised at this event alone.

The school thanks the businesses which donated prizes, including  Charlie’s Bistro, McDonalds, Wale & Sons, Mandy’s Deli, Priceless Discount Store, Mobility, Your Leisure Hartsdown and Ramsgate, Dadds Butchers and Coop Birchington.

The BTEC business students have hosted assemblies for each year group – spreading information about mental health and where to seek more details.

They have dedicated these events to raise money and help raise the profile for the ‘Action For Children’ charity which helps support the community. ‘Action For Children’, helps to protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support.

Headteacher Tom Sellen said: “The students have demonstrated excellent enterprise skills in raising this money. They’ve taken the initiative in deciding which activities would engage the most people and have delivered really pleasing results.

“The events have raised money for a worthy cause, raised students’ awareness of mental health issues and were also a lot of fun for everyone!”

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