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Carr Manor School & Capsticks take Social Action for Jane Tomlinson Appeal


Leeds charity Jane Tomlinson Appeal challenged 20 students from Carr Manor School to come up with a brand new fundraising idea as part of a Social Action project we've been running with the school. The event, activity or idea had to raise both money and awareness within the school about the charity. This was a chance for students to get creative, take initiative, develop business skills, and make a difference in the community.

The charity was there along the way to explain how they use fundraising money to benefit families and services supporting people with cancer. There was also support from business coaches at law firm Capsticks who helped the students to develop their ideas and host a presentation workshop.

The project took place over three sessions with time inbetween for the students to carry out their fundraising idea. First there was a launch for the students to meet the charity and their mentors from Capsticks, then a visit to Capsticks' Leeds offices to get some expert advice and to focus and improve on their initial ideas.

The final session took place after the students had carried out their fundraising projects, where they presented their results to Katie Bell from Jane Tomlinson Appeal and their Capsticks mentors and reflected on what they had learned through the project.

Leonie Matthews, our Project Coordinator on this Social Action project, said: "The students made a tremendous effort and really threw themselves into the project. They gave real thought to how they could support the charity and raise awareness of all the great work Jane Tomlinson Appeal does. Having the mentors from Capsticks kept the students' ideas on track and helped grow their initial thoughts into something they could take charge of and lead at school. We'd like to thank all the volunteers that got involved in the project - the students most valued being able to develop their teamwork, creative thinking and business planning skills and now have some valuable experience to put on their CVs."

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