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Oasis Academies go dotty for Children in Need 2019

Oasis Academies go dotty for Children in Need 2019

Friday night saw the annual return of BBC’s charity appeal show for Children in Need, as celebrities joined forces to put on an entertaining and moving evening on television to raise money.

Children in Need has been running for nearly three decades and the charity has raised more than £1bn for the charity since its first ever appeal show in 1980.

All the money raised goes towards charities and organisations which help support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Across the Oasis family students and staff joined in the annual fundraising and took part in dressing up, odd socks day, cake sales, and whole year group exercise groups.

At Oasis Academy Don Valley in Sheffield, students and staff had a none uniform day and took part in the live stream of Joe Wicks Big Morning Move. Sodexo also sold Children in Need inspired cakes throughout break time. The academy raised an amazing £650 for charity.

One Oasis Academy Don Valley student, said; “It is important to take part in things like Children in Need because it is important that we help others that aren’t as lucky as we are.”

In Greater Manchester, Oasis Academy Clarksfield celebrated healthy living as part of Children in Need this year. All the children and staff dressed up in sporting clothes and joined in with the live-streamed Big Morning Move from Jo Wicks. Students said; “It was sweaty but a lot of fun!”

Classes throughout the day focused on what Children in Need does, its support of people’s fundamental rights (shelter, food, etc) and created presentations about the topic to raise awareness. In total, the academy raised £449 for charity.

Samah, Year 6 Pupil at Oasis Academy Clarksfield, said; "The workout was really tough! I was sweating so much but it was really worth it to help other people who aren’t as lucky as us."

Zoha, Year 6 Pupil at Oasis Academy Clarksfield, added; "Children in Need is good to support because there are so many children who are homeless and do not have enough food, and we can help them.”

In Trowbridge, the Trowbridge Oak Care Home in West Ashton Road, staff and pupils from Oasis Academy Longmeadow attended a Children in Need party with some of the 43 residents.

Staff dressed up as Pudsey Bear, while others dressed as characters from comic books, children's fairy tales, and a cheerleader.

Helen Meaden, the home's activities coordinator, said; "We're hoping to raise more than £100 from the party to support the Children in Need appeal."

Residents and children from Oasis Academy Longmeadow also took part in a music workshop with Karen Owen from Musica, a social enterprise group.

In Kent, pupils and staff at Oasis Academy Skinner Street had a brilliant day, they all came dressed in their favourite pair of pyjamas and each made a donation to Children In Need. The Academy also sold wristbands and ended the Academy day with a disco.

They raised an amazing £536.20 for charity, great work to all of you!

Ruby, a Year 5 Pupil at Oasis Academy Skinner Street, said; “It felt a bit weird wearing our pyjamas to school, but we had lots of fun. It was a great day.”

In Bristol, at Oasis Academy Brislington the Fundraising Subcommittee of their newly organised Student Council arrange some fantastic fundraising ideas. After a council meeting, it was decided that the students wanted to organise and run a Bake Sale alongside a £1 staff and student non-uniform day.

Kate Jackson, Teacher at Oasis Academy Brislington said; “The students were brilliant at encouraging support from their peers, teachers and the parents of our community; from the Bake Sale alone we managed to raise a brilliant £158, so when combined with our Non-uniform day donations we ended on a total of £1019.55.”

Last year, Children in Need raised a staggering £50,595,093 million for charity during their Friday evening TV broadcast.

This was an increase from the £50,168,562 raised by the BBC during their live broadcast in 2017 - the show’s 2018 fundraising figure has broken records to become the most the charity had ever managed in one evening.

Daniel Marsh