Tretherras Students Raise Fantastic Sum for Typhoon Relief!

Students who led an impressive school campaign presented a cheque to the Shelterbox Charity totalling a massive sum of £2,046.63 on the 6th February 2014.

Year 10 students Katie Morgan, Natalie Truscott, Abby Hughes, Jemimah Lodge, Gracie Furse, Mel Reddaway and Tegan Wood, organised a series of fund raising events around the school for the Super Typhoon Haiyan Disaster which struck the Philippines in November 2013.

During their morning assembly, after a talk by the southwest charity, the girls presented the massive sum to representatives Tony Williams and former student Ayeasia Macintyre who now works for the charity and is regularly deployed.

Tony and Ayeasia talked to the whole year group, explaining in detail how the money raised will be put to use, the equipment that their Shelterbox will provide and how it will help to rebuild the lives of people affected by the disaster.

Tony Williams, Operations Coordinator commented, ‘It’s fantastic for us to show to the Tretherras students how their money will be used by Shelterbox. We are a locally based charity and are able to deploy Shelterboxes anywhere in the world within 48hrs. We are very grateful to the Tretherras student for their support and the incredible sum raised, it will make a big difference to rebuilding people’s lives that have been affected by disaster.’

Inspirited by an assembly delivered to them by Headteacher Mrs. Sue Martin the girls got together and arranged events from cake sales, Gunge the Teacher, non-school uniform day and the impressive NT’s Got Talents show which accumulated the tremendous sum.

Mr John Preece, Head of Year commented, ‘The girls have shown fantastic commitment and gone beyond their targets. With the support of their peers and the rest of the school they have achieved something quite special.’

The student’s efforts were picked up by the BBC Inside Out programme. The assembly and an interview with the girls will be part of a documentary programme that investigates the southwest charity and its future.

BBC Journalist Sam Smith interviewed the girls to find out why they had chosen to support the charity.

During interview Katie Morgan commented, “The school has raised funds for the charity many times before and we thought that raising £700 would be something we could achieve. The fact that Tretherras has raised enough for nearly 3 boxes is unbelievable.”

The programme is due to be aired on Monday the 24th February 2014.

Mrs Sue Martin headtecher at the academy added, ‘What the girls have achieved, how the whole school has responded, embraces the Tretherras family spirit. It is a great example of the passionate and determined nature of Tretherras students. We are extremely proud of their achievement.’