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Bury St Edmunds headteacher 'proud of students’ resilience' after Christmas charity challenge raises over £12,000




Pupils at a Bury St Edmunds school defied the odds to generate more than £12,000 for charities through their annual Christmas challenge.

The grand total of £12,305 from the largely virtual week-long fund-raiser at County Upper, in Beeton’s Way, was revealed to gasps of delight last Friday afternoon during a special sixth form assembly, which was held virtually to all year groups.

The charity week has raised more than £360,000 since it began almost 35 years ago and this year’s figure will benefit three national and local charities.

Pupils at County Upper School defied the odds to generate more than £12,000 for charities through their annual Christmas challenge
Pupils at County Upper School defied the odds to generate more than £12,000 for charities through their annual Christmas challenge

Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “It was an amazing amount to raise and I was so thrilled for all the hard work put in by students and staff.

“The Christmas charity week is always a special part of the County Upper calendar and we all felt determined and united that it would still continue this year.

“I am so proud of the students’ resilience and commitment and I think the final total lifted everyone’s spirits as we enter the Christmas break.”

The fund-raising activities included a gladiator-style event as well as I’m a Celebrity-inspired challenges and County’s Got Talent

Staff were also involved with geography teacher Jen Bradbury and IT manager Ian Price walking 50k in one day, raising more than £1,000 for the charity challenge.

Paul Fisher, head of sixth form, took part in a sponsored ‘camp out’ in aid of NHS Charities Together.

He previously said: “The role of the NHS has become even more important this year and I thought camping out for the night, and getting a few donations, would be a good way to support them and say thank you.”

“I think we all thought that it was crucial that this year’s Christmas charity challenge continued. We all wanted something to look forward to and our sixth form students get so much out of organising it.”

The week supported NHS Charities Together, Beat - the UK eating disorder charity and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. During the week, a pre-recorded and socially distanced carol service at St Mary’s Church was aired.

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