Sheffield school celebrates final week before Christmas by raising money for homeless

Students at a Sheffield secondary school spent their final week before the Christmas break by raising money for the homeless.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 5:19 pm

King Ecgbert School finished the final term of the year by getting into the festive spirit with their annual Christmas Cracker fundraising afternoon on Wednesday, December 18.

Each form group represented their school house in the competition to raise as much money as possible for Sheffield charity Homeless and Rootless at Christmas (HARC).

Some showed off their impressive home baking skills by selling seasonal treats whereas others put on games such as tombola or the lucky dip game bran tubs.

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English teacher Mr Reeder encouraging a student to throw at the winning stall

Headteacher Paul Haigh said: “All the stalls were wonderful and we are really proud that our students raised in excess of £2,600 for HARC, whilst having a lot of fun. The winning stall was chosen for combining a Christmas theme with a game of skill and the traditional bran tub prize game.”

A HARC prize for ‘best stall’ was awarded to a stall in which students had to pay to throw a soft ball toward Santa’s chimney and if the ball went in they won the opportunity to plunge their arm down the chimney and pull out a Christmas present to unwrap.

Since 1989, HARC has been providing a safe and warm day shelter in Sheffield for vulnerable men and women and those who are either homeless or rootless between Christmas and new year and hands out three hot meals a day.

This year, the HARC project will be open from December 25 to January 1, when it will close at midday.