Pupils from Kenningtons Primary Academy in Aveley, Essex wore red and pink to mark the school’s annual Democracy Day raising £403 for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which supports families with a seriously ill child.
Keen to promote British values, pupils pitched their preferred charity to their peers before the polls opened, then children paid £1 to vote for their chosen charity, and Rainbow Trust won by over 100 votes.
Matthew Newland, Pupil Responsibility Lead at Kenningtons Primary Academy, said: “It was a close result, but Year 6 pupil, and advocate for Rainbow Trust, Zaray Carey, was ecstatic when the charity won.”
Zaray and fellow pupils delivered the cheque to Rainbow Trust’s Regional Fundraiser and Upminster Shop Manager Juliann Bates on 7 March.
Rainbow Trust enables families who have a child with a life threatening illness to make the most of their time together.
It provides expert practical and emotional support, for as long as needed. Rainbow Trust pairs each family with an expert Family Support Worker who becomes a trusted and constant person in family life.
“It’s important for the children to understand how democracy works and to know that their voice is valued at our school,” Mr Newland said.
“A fun way to show them is to give them a chance to take part in their own election for good causes.
“We’re really pleased with the engagement we get from the pupils every year and the icing on the cake is knowing that we are also getting them engaged with a local charity.
“Zaray did an absolutely fantastic job of visiting each class in the school and telling the pupils about Rainbow Trust and the fantastic work it does. We are very proud of Zaray and the hard work she put into this and persuading her fellow students to take part.”
Rainbow Trust has eight Care Teams of Family Support Workers across England, including Essex, helping families at home, in hospital and in the community, wherever they are needed, making life a little easier.
Oonagh Goodman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rainbow Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful that Kenningtons Primary Academy held their no uniform day to help us fund our vital support for families with a seriously ill child.
“We would like to thank Zaray for campaigning so well for Rainbow Trust to receive all the funds raised. All the money raised from the event will help us to support families to make the most of the precious time they have together.”
Rainbow Trust is a national charity providing expert practical and emotional support to families, where they need it, to help them make the most of each new day.
It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to the generosity of its supporters helps over 2,500 families.