Tree-mendous effort by Durham Sixth Form Centre

We’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve had for our Hope for Christmas appeal this year.

The latest donation comes from Durham Sixth Form Centre which has raised more than £1,800 – well over double its initial £750 target.

Generous teachers at the Centre in the heart of Durham City usually buy gifts for each other but this year, they decided to give to our Hope for Christmas appeal in lieu of presents.

L-r: Ellen Beveridge, Headteacher; Steven Robinson, Assistant Headteacher; Lee Bone, Senior Assistant Headteacher & Jo Lain, Deputy Headteacher

The decision to support us came as a result of being involved with our ‘Voices’ project – a region-wide consultation with children and young people focused on understanding the challenges they’re experiencing as a result of Covid-19.

Covid-19 consultation

The research aims to provide schools, local authorities and services with information on how children have been affected by the pandemic and gain an understanding of what is currently important to young people to inform their planning and adaptations post Covid-19.

As well as staff supporting our appeal, students, ex-students, governors and families also unexpectedly donated and added their Christmas jumper day proceeds to the pot.

Headteacher at Durham Sixth Form Centre, Ellen Beveridge, said:

“We all recognise what a difficult year it has been for everyone and in so many different ways. It has been even more important this year to not only look after ourselves but to also look after and look out for each other.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Children North East and a privilege to support families in our region.  We wish everyone our best wishes for 2021”.

Catriona Taylor, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Children North East, said:

“The team at Durham Sixth Form Centre have raised an incredible amount for our Hope for Christmas campaign, helping support children throughout Christmas and in the months to come.”

“Our fundraising events and activities have been hugely hindered this year due to the impact of Covid-19, so support like Durham Sixth Form Centre’s festive fundraising has been truly heart-warming. This is allowing us to support to babies, children, young people and their families in the region where and when it is needed most.”