The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust raises over £15,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance!
On Friday 1st July, 2016, schools from the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust (BKCAT) gathered at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Moorthorpe for the annual Trust Charity Morning.
Each year, all schools within the Trust have the opportunity to propose a charity to be the main focus of charitable fundraising over the coming academic year, making a presentation to fellow pupils from Trust schools, after which votes are cast based on the quality of the presentations to ultimately decide on the charity to be supported. In July 2015, St Joseph’s, Moorthorpe, and their proposal to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance received the greatest number of votes and was chosen to be the Trust charity for 2015/2016. The school were delighted to be chosen and to have the opportunity to do their bit for the local community.
Two years ago, the community of St Joseph’s, Moorthorpe, received the very sad news that a former pupil had died in a motorway accident; many of the victims of this crash had been airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Joseph’s felt that this was their opportunity, along with all the Academy Trust schools, to say thank you to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, for all they did to assist those involved in the accident.
Over the past year, through various events that the schools have taken part in, some collectively and some as individual schools, they have made a huge difference to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.
From the ‘Go Run For Fun’ Sponsored Fun Run in May, to the Non Uniform Days, Wear Yellow for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a very generous donation from a Parishioner of one of the schools, the Trust Charity Staff Summer Ball…and even splat the teacher – schools have gone, above and beyond, to make their fundraising efforts the best they could be!
At the beginning of this year, Mr Luke Welsh, Deputy Head Teacher at St Joseph’s, and lead organiser for this year’s fundraising, learnt that to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air for one day cost £12,000 and so this became the fundraising target!
The Academy Trust well and truly superseded their target and collectively raised £15, 917.12 and presented this cheque to two Yorkshire Air Ambulance Volunteers, last Friday morning.
Mr Welsh said “We believe that this year, as a Catholic family, we have made a truly inspirational difference to a charity, so close to our locality, and we would like to thank all of our wonderful Trust and partner schools, for their support; we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Mrs Lesley Darren, Head Teacher of St Joseph’s, Moorthorpe said “To lead this year’s Trust charity fundraising, has truly been a fantastic opportunity for St Joseph’s and to raise nearly £16,000 is incredible! On behalf of the children and staff of St Joseph’s, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone involved in making this year the success it has been!”
Kerry Garner, Yorkshire Air Ambulance West & South Fundraising Manager said “We’re absolutely delighted to have received such exceptional support from the BKCAT group. As an independent charity we rely solely on the generosity of the people of Yorkshire to enable us to save lives across the region. We’d like to thank all the children, staff and parents who have contributed to making this such a huge success; they have raised a phenomenal amount which will go towards our daily running costs. It is fantastic to see children of all ages supporting the charity!”
Next year, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Castleford will take the lead, with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, becoming the official Trust Charity for 2016/2017.