Rainford High raise ‘more than ever before’ for season of goodwill

Rainford High is helping to support many families and charities this Christmas by donating generously to local causes, having raised “more money and collected more items than ever before” says principal of the school, Ian Young. 

This December, staff and students from the school, which is located on Higher Lane, came together to give back to the local community and help those in need through a range of fundraising initiatives, which included participation in the Chocolate Orange Challenge, hosting Christmas markets, food bank and toy appeal collections, a Christmas concert and more. 

Students have been particularly focusing on collecting a variety of items to donate to different charities, including food, toiletries, toys, and clothing, bringing these products to school on donation days throughout the festive period and surpassing previous years’ collection records. 

A huge number of hampers were created for the local community alongside toy donations given to the St Helens toy appeal, food donations to The Salvation Army, and 552.4kg of donation items to the St Helens food bank, bringing the yearly donation total to 1565.56kg. 

Earlier this month, Rainford High has also held its annual Christmas markets which consisted of a range of stalls, food and drinks, crafts, games, and even a festive grotto, inviting the local community to have fun and help raise money together – with an impressive total of over £7000 raised. 

Monetary donations from the different activities that have taken place have been sent to numerous charities and will make a great difference in the lives of lots of individuals. 

Director of business and finance, Miss Alex Marsh, who is also the lead for fundraising activities at the school, said: “This season of goodwill, our whole school community has worked together to raise an exceptional amount of money and collected items that will help so many people. I’m extremely proud of the support our students and staff have shown and extended to our community.” 

Principal of Rainford High, Mr Ian Young, added: “Our ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds has truly been reflected in all that our young people have done this year. So much so that, together with staff, they have raised an incredible amount of money and compiled such a wide range of products that we’ve surpassed not only last year’s numbers, but all years. 

“Our students understand the importance of assisting others and are eager to make a lasting, positive impact. We are looking forward to the new year and continuing our charity work and initiatives.” 

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