Teachers get soaked at Leeds pupil’s fundraiser

Rosie Clough and vice principal Doug Elliot.
Rosie Clough and vice principal Doug Elliot.
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A KIND-HEARTED Leeds pupil has made quite a splash at a fundraising day at her school.

Rosie Clough, 16, hosted an all-day fundraiser for over 1,000 fellow pupils at Swallow Hill Community Academy yesterday.

Rosie organised the event after convincing principal Saira Luffman that the whole school should spend a day raising money for the Christ Church Armley Youth Project (CCAYP).

Pupils got to turn the table on their teachers with a ‘Sponge the Teacher’ throwing contest and took part in a football tournament, tombola, bake sale, basketball games, relay race and egg and spoon competitions.

Hundreds of pupils took part in the event at the academy in Armley yesterday, raising £830 for the cause.

Speaking about why she wanted to help the project, Rosie said: “I’ve spent the best part of five years at the youth service and I don’t think I’d have had it any other way.

“It’s where I’ve met some of my closest friends and it’s given me some amazing opportunities.

“I started off as a young person at the groups and went on to volunteer there, which has given me more confidence in myself.”

She added: “The other people who work there and some of the other volunteers have become like family to me.”

The youth service is attended by many of the academy’s pupils and aims to provide activities and support for local youngsters from the age of seven, whilst tackling the issue of anti-social behaviour in the local area.

The project also works with young people on issues like bullying, crime, teenage pregnancy, healthy eating, friendships and relationships, behaviour management, self esteem and depression.

Teacher Amy Titorenko said: “Rosie is an extremely confident young lady and is very caring.

“The fundraising day has been absolutely brilliant.”

Alex Butterfield, publicity officer for the academy, said: “It has been an amazing day and the students had a really fun time.

“Everybody joined in and they have all enjoyed themselves.”

She added: “It’s great that Rosie had the courage to go and approach the principal about hosting an event in the first place, and that it has been such a big success.”

For more about the CCAYP, visit www.christchurcharmley.org.uk/activities-projects/projects/.

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