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Porch­light Cheque Presentation

placeholder 150x150pxWhen Nathan Tough, Com­mu­nity and Cor­po­rate Fundrais­ing Offi­cer, for the char­ity came to the Thanet Sec­ondary Head­teach­ers’ meet­ing to talk about the grow­ing issue of home­less­ness in Thanet all of the head­teach­ers were shocked by the sta­tis­tics and vowed to work together to sup­port this won­der­ful char­ity. At the end of the last aca­d­e­mic year all stu­dents in Thanet, aged 1118, from whichever sec­ondary school they attend, were encour­aged to carry out a series of char­ity events in order to raise aware­ness of home­less­ness and money to sup­port the work Porch­light does.

Harts­down Acad­emy had a sleep out with stu­dents and staff, includ­ing the head­teacher Matt Tate, sleep­ing on the ground out in the open air all night. “Although it was sum­mer it was still really cold and we had sleep­ing bags and coats,” said one stu­dent, “it really shows how hard it is to be home­less and I dread to think what it would be like in the win­ter.” Other schools had non-​uniform days, cake sales, par­ents’ cof­fee morn­ings, pyjama days, dance com­pe­ti­tions and spon­sored events. Sev­eral of the schools opened food banks so that dona­tions of food could be made and passed on to those who need it most.

As well as all of the activ­i­ties, Porch­light went into schools to deliver assem­blies and so encour­age the young peo­ple of Thanet to talk about the ter­ri­ble issue of hav­ing nowhere to live.

The total raised by the stu­dents was £6,730.44 which was pre­sented to Porch­light at the first Thanet Head­teach­ers’ meet­ing of this aca­d­e­mic year.

It was bril­liant to raise so much money for such a deserv­ing cause. The work Porch­light does is hugely impor­tant and the more we can raise the issues with our stu­dents, the more we can do to try to erad­i­cate this dread­ful social prob­lem which should not be hap­pen­ing in the 21st cen­tury” said Kate Greig, Head­teacher of Dane Court Gram­mar School and King Ethel­bert School and Chair of Thanet Head­teach­ers’ Forum.

The Thanet sec­ondary head­teach­ers work closely together on a whole range of issues as we are deter­mined to show that col­lec­tively we can do so much more for our stu­dents than if we work alone. The lead­er­ship of Thanet schools is of a very high level and one of the rea­sons for this is that we work together and share ideas, resources and oppor­tu­ni­ties. We think the young peo­ple of Thanet are amaz­ing and we want Thanet to be seen as the cen­tre of excel­lence for edu­ca­tion – they all deserve noth­ing less.”

Nathan Tough, Porch­light said, “ A mas­sive thank you to Kate and every­one at the Thanet Heads Forum for rais­ing an incred­i­ble £6,730.44! This huge sum of money is incred­i­bly impor­tant. Porch­light knows that the best way out of poverty and home­less­ness is employ­ment, and this money could enable our Work Health and Learn­ing team to con­tinue to work closely with our res­i­dents in Thanet to find a route into employ­ment, and inde­pen­dence. “We really hope that the stu­dents have enjoyed the expe­ri­ence, and now know that there is sup­port there for them if ever they need it. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

Sec­ondary schools involved were:

The Charles Dick­ens School

Chatham and Claren­don Gram­mar School

Dane Court Gram­mar School

Harts­down Academy

King Ethel­bert School

St George’s Church of Eng­land Foun­da­tion School

The Royal Har­bour Academy

Ursu­line College