Year 7 students at Swanlea School in Whitechapel, spent 5 days fundraising for the London Air Ambulance. The children who are aged between 11 – 12 proactively engaged in a full range of activities to secure donations for the charity based at The Royal London Hospital.
The students held a raffle sale every day between Monday 30th January – Friday 3rd February and prepared separate hampers for the winners. There was one for adults, one for female students and one for male students too. They also organised a “Guessing game”, sold bespoke handmade cards, cakes, pastries and snacks to both their teachers and their peers.
The students raised £458.64 in total. Their dedicated efforts are guaranteed to generate life-saving funds, as the London Air Ambulance commonly attends serious car crashes, falls from significant heights, stabbings, shootings, industrial accidents and incidents on the rail network. The charity’s, team of medical professionals, can perform advanced emergency procedures, including open heart surgery, blood transfusions and anaesthesia at the scene of emergencies. They currently serve 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25 and rely on donations to treat an average of five patients every day.
The Headteacher at Swanlea School Ms Landers says:
‘We are wonderfully proud of our young people at Swanlea, they are generous, kind and respectful ambassadors for the community. The fundraising efforts that they have led and contributed to will make a real difference, allowing the vital Air Ambulance service to continue.’
Jonathan Jenkins, CEO, London’s Air Ambulance Charity visited Swanlea School to collect the donation with Rhiannon Evans, Learning & Outreach Manager, London’s Air Ambulance Charity on Wednesday 1st March. He says:
“It’s always a pleasure to visit Swanlea School as one of the near neighbours of our helipad at the Royal London Hospital and generous supporters of London’s Air Ambulance Charity. It was great to meet the Year 7 pupils leading the fundraising this year and to tell them about our current appeal to raise the funds we need to replace our helicopters. The whole school community should be proud of your efforts to help us to run our emergency service for Londoners 24/7, 365 days a year.”