Somerset school students raise incredible amount for mental health charity

By Liam Drury

Big hearted students at The King Alfred School Academy have smashed their charity record in one week – raising a whopping £5,179 for mental healthy charity In Charley’s Memory.

The incredible amount beat the £4000 raised last year.

The whole community of Highbridge and Burnham came together with hundreds of students, volunteers, and staff giving time and money.

The money will go to help the inspirational mental health ICM charity which is also the official charity for this year for The Priory Learning Trust.

It is the latest bit of good news for TKASA – following on from excellent GCSE results and a doubling of their intake of students for the sixth form.

Sixth form student Lily Keeley Watts, said: “We are thrilled to have reached our target of £5000. The sixth form, TKASA students and staff and the Trust have been amazing and we are very grateful for everyone that has given up their time to help. 

“The money raised will pay a huge role in giving back to our community, which was one of our main aims.”

Events were held every day at breaks and lunchtimes, and included ‘Soak the Teacher’, a beard shave and a bushtucker trial plus music events.

A Rag Week variety show was held with talented bands and performers taking to the stage.

And there was a capacity crowd for a charity band concert featuring Some Villains and Canvas Moon.

The week finished with a successful fancy dress walk into Burnham.

Principal Nathan Jenkins said: “The whole community came together for this amazing week of charity raising. Well done to everyone and a big thanks for raising so much money for a brilliant charity.”