Horsendale Primary School smashes fundraising target for homelessness project

25/05/2021
Tanya Azad

Nottingham charity Emmanuel House Support Centre has thanked Year 2 pupils at Horsendale Primary School in Nuthall for their project about homelessness and outstanding fundraising achievements. The initiative, which launched with an interactive online assembly to six and seven-year-olds, culminated in the class of 30 raising £730.

 

Designed to raise awareness and educate younger people on the issues surrounding homelessness, it is part of a pilot project that Emmanuel House is currently running with a small number of local schools. Encouraging pupils to achieve their learning outcomes, the project outline involves opportunities for research, reading, writing and artwork to display in classrooms or at Emmanuel House’s support centre in Hockley.

 

During the introductory Zoom session the pupils heard from Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, about what homelessness means, how it can happen and the vital services provided by the charity, which supports rough sleepers across Nottingham. The follow-up work involved creating special pieces of writing for display in their classroom. The children wrote letters to the beneficiaries at Emmanuel House, introducing themselves, explaining their plans for fundraising and how much they are looking forward to helping. The letters can now be seen on display at Emmanuel House Support Centre.

 

Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, said: “The achievement of the Year 2 pupils and Horsendale Primary School in engaging with the issues around homelessness and raising £730 for Emmanuel House is magnificent. The questions they asked in the online assembly were razor sharp and it was a great pleasure to work with such enquiring pupils. My thanks to everyone involved in supporting and delivering the project.”

 

Following the assembly, the Year 2 Dragonfly class organised their own fundraising activities, which included sponsored chores and an online ‘Family Fun Night’ hosted by their teacher, Mr Jordan.

 

Curtis Jordan, Year 2 teacher at Horsendale Primary School, said: “I am totally overwhelmed with how the children really took to this work and how mature they have been for 6-7 year olds. This project has been a fantastic experience. The children have been full of great ideas and have led on the sponsored chores activities. It is absolutely amazing what they have done, considering we had a target of £150! I have been a teacher for 14 years and I’ve never seen such a huge response to a project. I am so proud of my class.”

 

Dawn Tunney, Year 2 teaching assistant at Horsendale Primary School, said “I’m so proud of how the children and parents have worked together to raise this amazing amount. The children embraced the problems faced by homeless people and wanted to help this charity wholeheartedly. For 6-7 year olds to have these levels of empathy really blows me away!”

 

Graeme Robins, Director of Quality Assurance and School Improvement & IL Director of Programme Delivery, said: “It’s humbling to see how the Horsendale school community has risen to the challenge set by our children to support such a worthy cause. As a Trust we wholeheartedly support the good work carried out by Emmanuel House and want to say a huge well done to the children, the families and the staff at Horsendale Primary School for their fundraising efforts.”

 

Staff at Emmanuel House showed their appreciation by visiting the school and presenting the class with a certificate for their outstanding achievements.

 

If schools are interested in finding out more about Emmanuel House’s schools project they can visit the website. If pupils, parents or teachers would like to fundraise for the charity, please email rosie.needhamsmith@emmanuelhouse.org.uk.

 

As a local and independent charity, with no statutory funding for its core services, Emmanuel House relies on donations from individuals, schools, fundraising and businesses to continue providing much-needed support and services to homeless and vulnerably housed people in Nottingham.

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