A group of students, from Year 7 to 11 at Stokesley School and Sixth Form College, have been working hard to raise money for Marie Curie.  The twenty students, from Rowan House in Mr Bailey’s tutor group, have been championing their own new initiative, Cakes2U, applying their culinary talents to bake for regular cake sales in school, taking their goodies around other tutor groups to sell, which has proved to be very popular with their fellow students.

In addition, the students have been selling Marie Curie’s iconic daffodil badges to students and staff to raise awareness for the charity. The students’ fantastic efforts have raised £243 for Marie Curie.

The students were delighted to present a cheque to Jean Noble, Chairman of Stokesley & District Fundraising Group for Marie Curie, who was thrilled with the enthusiasm and commitment they had shown to the project.  Jean commented: “We really appreciate the effort the students have made in supporting Marie Curie. It is hugely rewarding to see young people inspired to help people who have a life-limiting illness and they should not underestimate the difference their fundraising efforts make.  Over the last five years, Stokesley School have raised more than £1,100, which represents over 55 hours of nursing care and we very much value their ongoing support.”

For the last five years, Mr Bailey’s tutor group have worked together for charity during March and April.  They initially chose Marie Curie because of the fantastic work they undertake locally and nationally.  Marie Curie provide much-needed expert nursing care to people with terminal illnesses as well as supporting their families at the time when it matters most.  The harsh reality is that every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The students are aware of this and appreciate that by people donating and wearing the daffodil they are helping the charity to care for more people in need of their support.

Jenny, a Year 11 member of the tutor group, said: “I think it’s important to help contribute to such a worthy cause. We all join in and try to persuade people to buy the badges and cakes. It’s great to raise this amount of money”.

Mr Bailey, the students’ form tutor concluded, “I am very proud of all of the students, they all made a positive contribution to raising this money. It shows the great attitude to helping others that young people possess. We look forward to continuing this tradition of supporting others next year.”

To find out more about the wonderful work of Marie Curie and how you can support the charity visit  https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/