Proving that people of all ages can get involved in fundraising, St Catherine’s Catholic School, led by Lois, kicked off their fantastic fundraising for Breast Cancer Now in October 2015.

Hey teachers, get those kids involved

"With the help of Mrs Tomlinson (Senior Leader) we held our first breast cancer assembly for Year 7 showing videos from ‘The Last One’ – Breast Cancer Now’s campaign. We heard all about Emma Young - an amazing young lady diagnosed with terminal breast cancer - a video about last year’s efforts and what we are going to do this year.

"From the 19 - 23 October every break time and lunchtime we sold everything from chocolates, sweetcones, hairbows, badges, hairbands, headboppers, you name it! I made quite a lot of items by hand such as the hairbows and ribbons.

"St Catherine’s Catholic School sold over five books of tickets for their raffle, which is not surprising as the prizes included:

  • a Charlton Athletic signed football
  • signed photographs from itv’s Ben Shephard, Judge Rinder, Jeremy Kyle and Paul O’Grady
  • a Vera Wang bag
  • a Thomas Sabo bracelet and charm
  • a Calvin Klein bag
  • a meal at the Craft Beer Co. in Holborn

"I had so many prizes donated and many last minute which means I will be having another huge raffle on the evening aswell. We have a live singer, a dj, a bar, a fizz reception, a popcorn and candy floss machine and much more. Watch this space, we will reach £4000!"

Lois' top tips for organising your own fundraising event

  • Don’t take on too much - give yourself plenty of time to plan and collect everything you need for your event.
  • Keeping good relations with local businesses and the community is a big part of my role here at St Catherine’s, so keeping in touch with those local people has been vital to our success across the two years as I often update them with our newsletters and sending out thank you letters.
  • As far as the school, kids are concerned it’s better to have a small group of helpers rather than 200 kids turning up to help. Get organised and make sure the kids know what they need to be selling and doing - especially where there is money involved.

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A final thank you from Lois

"Thank you to all the parents, staff and students who donated money to the Breast Cancer Now fundraising this year - we couldn’t have done it without you! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses who have donated prizes; I really appreciate all your help and support for this amazing cause.

"A particular mention to Barry Connel, our Chair of Governors, who won the auction for the bra cake with a bid of £50! He then took the cake to the Penny Farthing pub in Crayford and raffled this again and raised another £65. Thank you so much for your support.

"Thanks to St Catherine’s Catholic School’s fundraising, including their fabulous ‘Pink Fizz’ night which took place on November 21st, they have raised over a fantastic £4,720!"

Now is good

If like Lois, you believe the time is Now, sign up today for your free fundraising pack.

You can be part of the generation that stops breast cancer.

Every action, big or small, gets us a step closer. We’re the people who can make it happen – so let’s get started, now!

We also have lots of lovely new pink promotional materials we can send you. So please do get in touch with us on 0333 20 70 300 or email community@breastcancernow.org and let us know what you’ve got planned.

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