Pupils in the Secondary Phase of Carr Manor Community School came together – in year group bubbles – to raise money for local charity CATCH, based in Harehills.

Throughout November and December of 2020, we hosted a variety of activities, including shuffleboard; sweet stalls; bake sales; sponsored silences; tuck shops; netball shootouts; facemask selling; beat the goalie and a hotly anticipated staff v pupil race. All the events were aimed at raising money, and awareness, for CATCH.

“It was important to us that we selected CATCH as our chosen charity, as their core values epitomise everything that Carr Manor Community School stands for. Both Carr Manor and CATCH constantly strive to ensure that children and young adults are provided with the knowledge, character and skills to be able to access their education or employment. Thus, enabling them to become a productive and valued member of society.” – Mrs Holdsworth, Senior Assistant Principal.

As well as the fundraising events being organised by individual year groups, our four Houses – Trueman, Tomlinson, Bremner and Robinson – were also competing to see which House could raise the most money. Trueman House came out victorious, with a whopping £389.10 raised. Tomlinson were 2nd with £280.53, Bremner 3rd with £224.83 and Robinson 4th with a still very respectable £137.33 raised. Although this meant a bit of healthy competition between the four Houses, it ultimately showed our schools’ sense of community as we all worked together for a worthy cause. In total we raised a whopping £1031.79, which couldn’t have been done without the dedication and motivation of our pupils and staff.

Ash Razzaq, Co-Founder of CATCH, which stands for ‘Community Action To Create Hope’ was delighted to hear about our efforts at Carr Manor Community School.
“Thank you to all the staff and pupils at Carr Manor Community School for raising funds for our charity. CATCH aims to make a positive difference by continuing to provide a space for young people to meet, grow, develop their skills and enjoy themselves whilst receiving the support they need to fulfil their potential. The last year has been challenging for all of us, we have been supporting vulnerable people isolating, shielding or struggling because of loss of income. Our volunteers have been making and distributing food parcels and supporting people with shopping.

We gave out over 21,000 portions of food in 2020 and we recorded over 27,000 hours of volunteering. We can only achieve these amazing results if everyone pulls together to help fundraise and support activities. Each donation, no matter how large or small, will make a lasting difference to the work we do and to the lives of individuals.

Thank you once again from all of us at CATCH.”

At CMCS we are honoured to work alongside CATCH. Being part of the Leeds Learning Alliance means that we both share the same value – putting young people and the community first. For more information about the Leeds Learning Alliance, visit www.leedslearningalliance.org.