Sunshine Week

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Celebrating A Successful Sunshine Week!

Our brand new fundraising event, Sunshine Week took place over the 19th to the 23rd of September and featured over 50 schools taking part nationwide. Sunshine Week is all about children fundraising for disadvantaged and disabled children, as well as raising awareness of those who need our help and thanks to our supporters, the first year has been a real success.

View some of the brilliant photos from the week here.

Brindishe Green School in Lewisham, South London launched the week with their ‘Channel Challenge’, to the length of the English Channel in their own Make a Splash pool. This would be a great challenge for anyone, but for these children, of whom many are just starting to learn how to swim, it was a really big one and their final fundraising total of £723.52 really shows how much everyone involved put into the challenge.

Brindishe Green Associate Headteacher, Sarah Gorbutt said,

“This was a whole school event and all of the children at Brindishe Green really relished the opportunity to ‘cross the channel’. Even those new to the water managed to take part successfully and we are delighted with how much money has been raised.”

Our next stop was to Market Rasen Primary in Lincolnshire to meet our friend and author, Georgia Twynham. Georgia’s book ‘The Thirteenth’ was recently awarded the Lincolnshire Children’s Book Award and she has been a fantastic supporter of our Sunshine Week, visiting libraries across the region over the summer to organise special sunny events.

During the day, the school held a special Sunshine Circus Day and incorporated the Sunshine Week into their lessons using the teaching resources available on the website.

Market Rasen Primary Deputy Headteacher, Nichola Boulton said,

“Thank you for making the journey up to see us last week. The children really enjoyed the week and all of the activities - especially the dressing up on the Friday!”

Our final visit was to Charlbury School in Oxfordshire who held a Sunshine Non-Uniform Day and cake sale, raising a fantastic £242. The school has also adopted Variety Club as their Charity of the Year and will be supporting us with a number of events over the coming year. The school also has another connection to Variety Club as our very own Community Fundraising Manager, Frankie Holah is a former pupil!

Charlbury Headteacher, Jane Holt said,

“In celebration of Sunshine Week, we asked all of the pupils to wear something yellow for the day on Friday the 23rd and donate £1 to take part. We were also able to produce a wonderfully bright display of drawings of what some of the pupils thought Sunny’s friend would look like and thanks to the support of parents and staff, brightly iced sunshine cakes and cookies were baked to sell for 20p each after school.

“We all had fantastic fun on Friday and managed to raise £242 for a very worthy charity. We wanted all of our pupils to realise how fortunate they are, to fundraise for disadvantaged and disabled children and to build awareness of those who desperately need our help and support.”

Variety Club’s Community Fundraising Manager, Frankie Holah said,

“All of the schools taking part were totally inspiring and it was brilliant to have the opportunity to visit some of the schools, as their enthusiasm was electric.”

Thank you to all those who have taken part in and supported Sunshine Week this year - we can’t wait to start planning what we are going to do for next year!

If any schools would like to put on a Sunshine Day, you can still register and use the resources available on this website.

For those who did take part this year, please send in any photos you would like to share and if you have raised money, please use the money return form available on the website. For any queries, please contact Frankie .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thank you to everyone who has supported the first ever Sunshine Week from the schools, to Timto, Raring2Go, Georgia Twynham, our photographer Tom Wren and Mumsnet. We couldn’t do it without you!