Derain House Ambassadors fundraise over £700 in June


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King George V College’s Derian House Student Ambassadors have been fundraising around College and in the local community raising over £700 since the beginning of June through fundraising activities.

The students participated in a bag packing event, Wednesday 17/06/2015, saw the ambassador raise £471.92. Jan Regan, Assistant Principal HR and Estates, said, “We would like to thank Morrison’s in Southport, their staff for making us so welcome and in particular the customers for supporting our fundraising efforts for Derian House.”

During the opening of the New Creative Arts Building, Saturday 06/06/2015, the student ambassadors raised £279.15 through arranging several activities such as Hook-a-duck, card tombola, gift sales and ‘guess the name of the bear’.

Elena Barton, first year student at King George V College and Derian House Ambassador said: “We have been fundraising throughout the year. In late February we hosted a bingo night within the local community and we managed to fundraise over £600 on the night through cake sales, ticket sales and also the raffle.

“Our Easter fundraising was a massive success due to a giant Hamley’s teddy bear worth £150 being donated and also 65 Easter eggs donated from customers of Morrison’s for us then to uses as prizes which we are extremely grateful for”.

“I decided to join as an ambassador for Derian House as it is a unique Hospice that provides support to families of terminally ill children and it is only able to do this because of the regular funding provided by people who recognise the unique service that they provide.

“The difficult work is on-going and they need funds from all over the UK to be able to stay open and provide the services that are very recognisable. Derian House needs to raise over £3 million a year to be able to continue providing the services throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. This is means that over £8,500 needs to be raised daily! After looking at these numbers we want to contribute as much money as we can so that they can meet these targets and we need the support of the community, not just within the college.”

“The KGV Ambassadors visited Derian House last term and we have seen the impact that it has on the families allowing them to have respite and providing the support that they desperately need. But not everyone has access to this support and therefore we would like to raise as much as money as we can in this college year to be to reach out to more families.

“Money raised at these events will be used to look after the children at Derain House by giving them opportunities they never thought they would get and will help pay for the facilities to keep them going. Without the support from volunteers fundraising, Derain House would struggle to match the funds they need and that’s why we enjoy fundraising for such a good cause because you get an amazing feeling knowing you helped assist an amazing charity.”

Jan Regan added:

“I have been very fortunate to work with such dedicated students this year, but we would not have been able to raise this much money without the amazing response to letters sent out to over 100 businesses asking for gifts and prizes to be donated.  We had an excellent response to our letters and received an outstanding amount of prizes from small local shops to large retail stores, leisure clubs and football clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton. This has allowed us to run a football raffle to with prizes including a Juan Mata signed photo, signed Jamie Carragher shirt and also a signed Everton team photo, alongside providing us with many items to sell, raffle and use as prizes in our many and varied fundraising events throughout the year.  We send our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed.  We are aiming this year to beat our 2013/14 total of £2,500 and are well on our way!”


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