Local Schools Carol Singing Event raises £617.98 for Charity
Organiser Bill Bradley and volunteer Sonia Atkin with the Cherry Tree Academy Choir
The Annual Schools Carol Singing event in Pontefract Market Place took place on Wednesday 6th December and raised £617.98 for The Children’s Society.
The Cherry Tree Academy choir, accompanied by Melanie Barber Deputy Headteacher, was one of eight local schools taking part in the event.
The Pontefract & District Appeals Committee of the Children’s Society has organised this event for the last 25 years during which time has raised almost £15,000 to help the Society in its work supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable and needy children and their families.
Bill Bradley, Treasurer of the Pontefract & District Appeals Committee said, “We are very grateful for the wonderful support given this year by Cherry Tree Academy, Larks Hill Primary, St Giles Academy, Rookeries Carleton, Holy Family & St Michaels, Carleton Park, Halfpenny Lane, St Josephs and all the volunteers who rattled a collecting can during the day”.
The Children’s Society History:
In the late nineteenth century, Edward Rudolf, founder of The Children’s Society, did not like the idea of children going into workhouses. These institutes were regarded with fear and distrust by many of the population and were often places of last resort. They certainly did not provide a good environment for a child to grow up in. Rudolf wanted children to be part of their local community, not removed from it. His vision was to give poor, homeless children a loving and secure family environment.
To do this he set up small family group or cottage homes, each with around 10 children aged between five and fourteen, with a master and matron to act as parents.
In highlighting social problems such as this and taking the difficult first steps towards addressing them – making people feel that these problems need not always be with us – The Children’s Society played a part in laying the foundations of the Welfare State.
Sheer poverty was a major factor in children entering The Children’s Society homes, but family breakdown or dysfunction could also be factors. Runaways and children in trouble with the law were both well-represented.
Today and Future: Right now, in Britain today, there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. They feel alone in the world, like they just don’t matter. This is a lonely place for them, where it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
These are the children and young people the Society work with, step-by-step, for as long as it takes, making small changes that make a big difference.
We listen. We support. We act.
There are no simple answers to tackling these problems. Often it is complex and the Society can’t do it alone. This is why it works with politicians, policy makers and other organisations to come together, to help tackle them.
By only working together can a difference be made, not just to individual lives but to the lives of millions of children both now and in the future.
Because no child should feel alone.