Sponsored spellers surpass £7,000 for NSPCC

Friday 9 February 2018

Junior School pupils at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) were inspired to raise more than £7,200 for the NSPCC following the leading children’s charity’s Speak Out Stay Safe assembly.

The Year 3 to Year 6 pupils raised a staggering £7,247.13 after a sponsored spelling championship. The pupils were keen to fundraise for the charity after volunteers from the NSPCC delivered a Speak Out Stay Safe Assembly.

The spelling championship took place during the course of a week. Pupils in all four year groups took part, with a choice of words to learn offering different levels of challenge and the option to collect sponsors if they wished.

Tom Weaver, Junior School assistant head pastoral, said: “The pupils learned a lot from the Speak Out Stay Safe assembly and wanted to help other children to benefit from this important NSPCC project. The spelling competition was a fun and educational way to raise funds – the children rose to the challenge enthusiastically, finding sponsors and improving their spelling along the way.”

“We’re very proud of this magnificent total and would like to thank everyone who supported their efforts.”

The NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies aim to help children understand about different types of abuse so that they can get help if or when they need it. The assembly helps children to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are ever worried about themselves or a friend along with information about Childline.

Mandy Young, NSPCC local schools’ organiser for Leeds/Bradford said: “I am absolutely delighted and in awe of the pupils’ efforts in fundraising for the NSPCC. It is so brilliant for a school to have raised so much, showing their compassion for other children whilst demonstrating their spelling proficiency.”

“Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we will be able to reach even more vulnerable children when they need us the most – whether it’s through Childline, our Helpline, in schools or one of our therapeutic service centres across the country.”

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