Dixie grammar students raise £25,000 for cancer charity

Students at The Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth are celebrating raising £25,000 for Hope Against Cancer, a Leicestershire and Rutland cancer charity.

“In 2012 the School was celebrating its 25th re-founding anniversary and we wanted to mark the occasion by raising money for a good cause and Hope was suggested” said Headmaster Mr John Wood.

“Many of us are aware of somebody battling this terrible disease and it was fitting that a local charity was selected for our fundraising. Throughout the year, students, family and friends of the School have continually fundraised and I have been overwhelmed by the ingenuity and dedication of everyone involved.

Dixie grammar students raise £25,000 for cancer charity
“From cup cake, chocolate and marmalade making, design and selling of recipe books, shoe cleaning, danceathons, 80s disco, sponsored horse ride, walks, runs, Summer fair, non-uniform day, whole school zumbathon, tennis tournament, donations, raffle, auction, the list of ideas has gone on and we even had a teacher, who after 25 years shaved his beard off, he alone raised over £800.00.”

Wendi Stevens of Hope Against Cancer said “This is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly grateful for the support of The Dixie Grammar School and would like to thank the children for their hard work and commitment. The funding will be used on research carried out here in Leicester to benefit future local cancer sufferers."

One of the main ideas to engage the students was a Cash Challenge, with each child been given £1 with the aim of raising £25.

Emmie Deer, aged 10, sent a letter out to all parents “I have bought some good black shoe polish and I will clean your shoes for £1 per pair. My dad has shown me how to polish shoes very well and I will do them with care. When you see how well I polish your shoes, everybody will want them doing, so be quick!”

With his £1 Edward Green, aged 11, produced a recipe book – he asked members of staff and parents for their favourites and produced a ring-bound book. He has sold over 170 copies.

James and Adam Cooper, aged 12 and 14, made cup cakes and sold them at school, such a hit they even took orders.

James and Mark McCall, aged 14 and 12, built a snow leopard (the school emblem) out of lego and asked ‘how many lego bricks did it take to build’ and then sadly had to dismantle it to find out the number it took!

Concluding John Wood said “I think it is fair to say that I and some of my colleagues thought that it was an ambitious target for a school of our size, but I am absolutely delighted that we have reached our target. Congratulations to all involved on this superb achievement, I am very proud that we are donating such a large sum to a very worthwhile and important local cancer research charity.”

Image: James & Adam Cooper