High note for students’ support group
Students who have all lost a parent to cancer organised a cabaret evening that raised more than £1,200 for charity.
The six year ten students at Minster School, Southwell — Alfie Walker, Nathan Stocks, Amber Dunn, Gracie Fynn, Josh McCool and Drew McKenzie — formed a peer support group in September.
Meeting weekly, the teenagers decided to give something back to the charities that provided them with much-needed support.
After a couple of months of planning, the group held the cabaret evening in the school theatre in support of Maggie’s charity, which helps people with cancer and their families.
The evening consisted of two sets of nine performances — mostly musical theatre songs performed by students from the school’s music department.
Maggie’s was chosen to benefit from the fundraising because it provided support for one student in the group and a Maggie’s Centre has become a special place for him.
Drew said: "Our support group has given people an opportunity to open up and be around people who have had a similar experience."
Amber said: "I really miss my dad. I promised him that I would do him proud, just like he did me proud."
Gracie said of her father: "I will never stop missing him, but doing fundraising like this makes it better."
Mrs Amie Baker, pastoral support assistant for year ten, helped lead the event, which was well supported by year tens. She said: "It was a fantastic evening of entertainment
excellent performances from talented young people from the music department.
"The event was well supported and raised in excess of £1,200 for Maggie’s Centre, which was fantastic.
"The students were a credit to the school, to their families and to themselves.
"They have shown unbelievable courage and strength to cope with such hardship.
"They pulled together to produce a wonderful evening that enabled them to create something positive from their heart-breaking experiences.
"We are incredibly proud of them."
The group is now organising a Race For Life in school for year ten students, with support from the PE department, to raise money for Cancer Research.