Every year, Ashton on Mersey School Sixth Form hold a 2-week fundraising and awareness campaign for their chosen charity. This year, the students selected The Christie charity.

The students say it’s always hard to pick just one charity to support, but there was clear support for The Christie throughout the school. Many of the students at Ashton on Mersey School have close relatives, family and friends who have been treated for cancer at The Christie. They decided to take on The Christie Challenge to complete 6 fundraising activities in 12 months.

The sixth-form students attended assemblies for every year group in the school to raise awareness of the charity. They also encouraged every member of staff, students, family and friends to support their fundraising activities. Due to their enthusiasm, they managed to get other students in years 7 to 11 signed up to their Christie Challenge.

Students from across the school held their own individual fundraising activities at break and lunch times. Some of their activities included cake sales, name the teddy bear, own clothes day, sponsored walks, a sponsored silence, a raffle and a penalty shoot-out. The sixth-form students even had an ice-cream van visit over the lunch periods much to the delight of the lower school pupils.

The students involved in the fundraising team planned, promoted and managed all of the events themselves. And every day, students from the sixth form visited every form in the school to promote The Christie charity by selling Christie merchandise.

The Ashton on Mersey School Sixth Form previously raised money for The Christie in 2013. On that occasion, the students were fortunate enough to visit The Christie to see first-hand just how important their fundraising is. Ashton on Mersey School Sixth Form are delighted that the whole school community supported their fundraising again in 2022.

We all worked together as a team and really developed a good understanding of just how much work is really needed to plan and prepare for a successful event. We also supported and encouraged other students to get involved. The reward was always at the end of each day as we got see the money we’d raised increase each day. Taking part in The Christie Challenge was brilliant as it allowed us to get every year group involved in the fundraising. Being able to see each medal being added really encouraged all the students to keep going with their fundraising.

Ashton on Mersey School

Together, the school managed to raise nearly £4,170 from their Christie Challenge fundraising. We’d like to say a big thanks to all the staff and students at Ashton on Mersey School for their incredible fundraising efforts. Fundraisers like them help us keep supporting cancer patients and their families, over and above what the NHS funds.

Taking on The Christie Challenge is a great way to support The Christie Charity with your school. But there’s a lot of other ways your school can raise money for The Christie Charity. Take on The Christie Bear spelling challenge if you’re a younger fundraiser, show your support with 60 for The Christie if you’re at a secondary school or choose The Christie Charity as your school’s charity of the year.