The academy's Christmas campaign called 1000 Miracles has been running for the last four consecutive years.
A Coulsdon secondary school in the heart of Surrey has been busy getting ready for Christmas, even with the current COVID-19 restrictions they’ve been able to support local community members, businesses, hospitals and schools with fundraising and donations.
Oasis Academy Coulsdon a thriving secondary school in Surrey have once again completed their Christmas fundraising campaign that Year 10 students drive and deliver and have done for the last four consecutive years.
The campaign, called ‘1000 Miracles for Christmas’ is meant to represent approximately how many students and staff are at Oasis Academy Coulsdon and it would be one miracle per person. This year, they achieved a staggering 2,755 miracles.
An inspirational Year 10 student has gone above and beyond enabling the academy to create ten hampers by single handily promoting the campaign with his neighbours, which in total with the support of the Hub has allowed them to make 50 hampers for local families this Christmas.
Ashley, a Year 10 Student at Oasis Academy Coulsdon, commented saying; “I think that it is important to help families at Christmas time, especially during COVID-19 as a lot of families may go hungry during this time so it’s our job as an academy to help.”
“I handed out some leaflets to collect as much as possible to help make as many hampers as we could to help people that are less fortunate and spread Christmas cheer.”
Some other key magical miracles that Year 10 students have delivered over the last few weeks include;
- £974 has been raised for the East Surrey Children’s Hospital ward
- £361 was raised for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day
- £490 was donated from academy parents for the Christmas Hamper Campaign
- 25 places for Crisis at Christmas
- 824 items collected for Purley Food Hub
- 22 coats and blankets donated to help the homeless this winter
- 9 laptops given to students in the academy as a Christmas gift from Fidelity International
It doesn’t stop there, students have carried out a sponsored Onesie Day, a staff car wash and sponsored run to help raise money, with a number of other donations being gratefully received from academy parents as they were limited on their fundraising activities this year due to the current restrictions.
Catrin Green, Principal at Oasis Academy Coulsdon, commented on this year’s campaign, saying; “This is the fourth consecutive year we have run the 1000 Miracles Christmas Campaign and is a student-led initiative where our young people want to give back to the local community.”
“Even with the current national restrictions and a difficult year all round, they have been engaged, creative and generous in coming up with ideas and then taking action, and they are making a real impact. Thanks as ever to our parents and staff who have been so supportive of our young people.”
Bobie, a Year 10 Student at Oasis Academy Coulsdon said; “I found that the fundraising for our chosen charities meant a lot to everyone this year as we wanted to make sure that children everywhere were able to have a Christmas to remember.”
“I’m proud of all the year groups who took part, but especially my year group for leading the campaign. Year 10 did an amazing job especially when faced with so many challenges. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us.”