Shaftesbury School were motivated to raise money for the people of the Ukraine – and decided an appropriate way to help would be via Yeovil-based School in a Bag which provides a new rucksack filled with essential stationery items – each bag costs £20 to pack and send. A Target of £1,000 was set for the school, and Mrs Burfitt shared the fundraising target to the school, raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine.
An online fundraising page on was set up and two hours after the InTouch message was sent to parents the online total already stood at over £250.
Fundraising within school commenced with Miss Frazer and Mrs Elphick setting up an activity colouring in Sunflowers, asking students to write messages of hope in exchange for a donation. In three days they raised an amazing £60. A Bake Sale raised a massive £160, and students were invited to donate to wear something in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
The generosity of students, staff, parents and carers has been simply heart-warming. School Governor and Rotary Club member, Paul Whiteman, on behalf of the Governors approached the Rotary Club and secured a donation of £500, and an interview on This is Alfred opened the online appeal up to the general public.
By the end of the first week of fundraising the school had over £1000 collected in school, and £1400 online. Added to this since is the £500 from the Rotary Club, and final monies arriving means that Shaftesbury School tripled their target.
A spokesperson said “We are immensely proud that Shaftesbury School can now pack and send 150 bags to the children of Ukraine.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has contributed to this cause and a huge thank you to Mrs Burfitt for coordinating the campaign.”