St Joseph’s College has raised enough money to pay for a day of care and support from EACH across Suffolk today.
It costs us £5,300 a day to deliver our service in the county and St Joseph’s, an independent day and boarding school in Ipswich, has managed to raise that amount through the efforts of its Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as a highly successful fashion show in March.
The show, sponsored by Healeys Print Group, was co-compèred by West End and Broadway performer Ruthie Henshall and then Anglian Radio (now BBC Suffolk) presenter Wayne Bavin.
Some 140 students and staff of St Joseph’s took to the catwalk, with clothing and accessories on display from Coes, Co-op Opticians and more. Two students from St Joseph’s also launched their own label, Gravity and Felidae, on the evening. John Olivers and Juliette’s Hair Salon provided expert styling tips.
There was a celebrity auction, too, with generous donations from Audi, Belstead Brook Hotel and the House in Town, among others. The star lot was a shirt once owned by Ed Sheeran that brought in £1,150.
Another highlight was a performance by Jade MayJean Peters, an Ipswich singer who has previously appeared on The Voice.
The fashion show brought in £5,000 in total, with a further £500 raised by the PTA.
Vicki Harvey, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, said: “An event of this magnitude is only possible with the kind and generous support of our parents and local businesses, working as one with our students and staff towards a common goal of supporting The Treehouse, [EACH’s hospice in Ipswich]. It’s wonderful that together as a community we have raised such an incredible amount.”
To mark St Joseph’s fundraising success, Vicki along with Danielle Clarke, Principal, Dr Martin Hine, Vice Principal, Lucy Bolton, Events Coordinator, Liz Lloyd, PTA Chair 2016-17, Victoria Fox, also of the PTA, Daisy Swinbourne, Student Charity Officer, and William Tillett, Student Events Liaison Officer, have today been given a tour of The Treehouse.
Helen Chapman, EACH Suffolk Fundraising Manager, said: “A massive thank you to the students and staff of St Joseph’s College. We’re absolutely delighted with their efforts and hope to continue working with them in future.
“Support from the community like this is invaluable as we need to bring in more than £5 million from fundraising each year.”
For more information about St Joseph’s College go to www.stjos.co.uk