Ilkeston students raise cash for Treetops

editorial image

Pupils from across three Derbyshire schools have raised more than £1,200 for Treetops Hospice Care.

Year ten pupils, aged 14 to 15, from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, as well as Pingle School and William Allit School in Swadlincote, took part in the Raising Aspirations ‘Raise and Give’ competition to see who could raise the most money for the hospice from an initial seed fund of £100 to get them started.

Based in Risley, Treetops provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Its services include a day care unit where nurses and volunteers support people with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

It costs £3.2 million each year to run Treetops, a third of which comes from local healthcare commissioners.

The remaining £2.1 million each year is raised through fundraising events, donations, lottery memberships, shops, and gifts in wills.

Teams of pupils were awarded prizes at a special evening in July, held at the day care unit and given a tour of the hospice facilities.

Pupils from William Allit School won the overall competition having raised almost £800.

Charlotte Land, Raising Aspirations co-ordinator, was proud of their achievements.

She said: “The pupils involved have been amazing and incredibly enterprising.

“They have organised car washes, held ice-cream sales and cake stalls, organised non-uniform days and football tournaments and lots of other fundraising games such as throwing pies at teachers!

“With all these ideas, they have had to organise everything from promoting the event, to deciding what to buy and how much to sell things for in order to make a profit, through to phoning up and asking businesses for prize donations.

“They’ve been a real driving force and picked up some really good skills along the way.”

Kathryn Box, Treetops corporate fundraiser, thanked everyone involved.

She said: “I want to say a massive thank you for all your hard work with all the activities and events you’ve put on in your schools.

“You should be really proud of yourselves and your commitment to the project.

“The money you’ve raised is so important to the hospice and helps us continue to offer all our services for free to local people.”

Raising Aspirations is a Derbyshire Education Business Partnership programme and runs in ten schools across the city and county.