Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Charity Work and Fundraising

As a school we do an amazing amount of fundraising and support for both local and national charities. Our students are keen to engage in many fundraising activities to help those less fortunate than themselves. We sell poppies in school on behalf of the Royal British Legion to support those who have given their lives for their country or been injured in action.

In the Autumn term we ask for food donations for hampers to share with the elderly in the community, either directly to the care home or via Age Concern. We also collect gifts for the RockFM Cash for Kids event for disadvantaged families to have a better Christmas. We have non-uniform days in school throughout the year that help to raise money for a number of different charities including Jeans for Genes, Save the Children and during Lenten Charity fortnight students decide which charities they would like to support.

There are numerous cake sales throughout the year and this year donations have been made to Alzheimer's UK and MacMillan Cancer Support among others. Our Lenten Charity fortnight is a hugely successful 10 days of fundraising and this year there were several amazing events in school that helped us to raise money for Cancer Research UK. For our Family Fun Day and Spring Fair monies raised were given to St. Catherine’s Hospice. There was also a sponsored 5k cross-country fun run in school for students and money raised was split between Cancer Research UK and St.Catherine’s Hospice.

Over the last year five years our amazing team of staff, students and their families have helped to raise an amazing £20,000. We are so very grateful to everyone for all of their support as we couldn’t do it without you.

You can see more detailed information below and how your support helps:


Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise money for Derian House in December 2017. We really appreciate your support. 



Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Christmas hampers again this year.

Every year we support the elderly in the community by providing the hampers. We work closely with Age Concern to make sure that the hampers are delivered to those in need.

Every box includes a signed Christmas card from the Tutor Group too. The hampers are then delivered to elderly residents in Leyland and the surrounding area just before school finishes for Christmas.

Your kindness really does make a huge difference to the elderly people in our community.

The hampers were fabulous once again - you are amazing and we couldn't do this without your support.

Here are some lovely 'thank yous' that we have received this year:


Once again this year we supported Save the Children by holding a non uniform day on our last day before the Christmas holidays.

You helped us to raise a fabulous amount of £819 which will be donated to this wonderful charity.

Thank you to everyone for their support - it really does make a difference.

Here are some examples of festive finery from the day!



A huge thank you to everyone who helped to support Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child this year.

You helped to create over 90 shoeboxes that will have provided lots of happiness to those children in need.

You can see a thank you certificate from Samaritans Purse and a photograph of some of the wonderful shoeboxes with students from the middle school council and Mrs Greenwood.



Many thanks to everyone who donated gifts this year for the RockFM Mission Christmas collection. Your generosity really does help help families to have a better Christmas.


We have received a thank you certificate and postcard from the Royal British Legion for Poppy sales for 2017. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause once again. Your support makes a difference to those in need.


Thank you to all the students and staff who took part in our Jeans for Genes day on Friday 27th October and helped to raise the fabulous amount of £910. We couldn't do it without you!



Thank you to everyone who helped us to raise an amazing £154.22 for Macmillan Cancer Support during our bake sale in October 2017. You are amazing!



We have received this super certificate from Derian House for the money that was raised by our Middle School Council students selling 'Eggs and other things'.

Well done to everyone who helped to support this event and very worthy local charity.


We have received a thank you letter and a certificate from Cancer Research UK for the amazing amount of £2,619.38 that was raised during Lenten Charity fortnight.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise this fabulous amount. We couldn't do it without your support. You can see a copy of the letter and the certificate below:


Update February 2017: We had a visit from Ron Hutchinson, who is the Fundraising Manager for Age Concern, on Monday 27th February and he presented us with a certificate for our support for Age Concern - you can read more here.

Thank you to everyone who helped with and donated to the wonderful Christmas hampers again this year.

They were distributed to local elderly people before Christmas.

Please see this lovely letter below from Age Concern thanking us for the hampers and how they made a difference.


Thank you to everyone who helped us to support local families at Christmas time 2016 by donating gifts and money.



Thank you to everyone who paid £1 to wear their festive finery on #christmasjumerday in December 2016 to support Save the Children.



We have received the following certificate from the Royal British Legion for Poppy sales this year. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.



Our non-uniform day on Friday 28th October raised an amazing £920.78 for Jeans for Genes. Well done to everyone who supported this amazing cause.

We have received this tweet from Jeans for Genes and you can see some photographs from the non-uniform day below:




On Friday 14th October we hosted a cake sale in School in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. We had an amazing amount of delicious cakes and the event was very popular.

Thank you to everyone who baked and brought cakes along and to all those who came along to buy on the day.

Along with the cake sale, one of our Students, Katie Rourke and her family, created a fabulous bouquet of sweets (shown below) that were raffled in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. The raffle prize was won by Mrs Thomas. Mrs Thomas was a very worthy winner as she bought a ticket for all the students in her tutor group. You can read more about Mrs Thomas and her own fund raising further down the page.

The total raised was a fabulous £312.92 - thank you once again for all your support.



Mrs Eagle works in our reprographics section in School. Mrs Eagle's Father-in-Law, Mr Eagle, recently passed away.

The family wanted to support charities and donations they received were divided between the following:

School also sent a donation and we received a lovely thank you card from Mrs Pat Eagle.

In total a wonderful £1,036.42 was raised by everyone and that meant that the family were able to donate over £300 per charity.


LENTEN CHARITY FORTNIGHT - Tuesday 29th March to Thursday 7th April 2016

FURTHER UPDATE TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016: Our final total for Lenten Charity was a whopping £2616.78

We are now able to send £654.10 to our chosen charities namely: Clare House; Cardiac Risk in the Young; Make a Wish Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.  Well done to everyone for your amazing efforts. 

UPDATE FRIDAY 8TH APRIL 2016: We have raised a wonderful £2368.38 for our Lenten Charities this year. Thank you to everyone for everything. You have been wonderful.


Every year Balshaw’s Church of England High School supports a number of charities during the Lenten Charity fortnight.

Why do we raise money for charity?

We believe that there is something noble and decent about doing something to help others, often less fortunate than ourselves and we want to give something back to our community.

This year our chosen charities are:

We have a number of events taking place over the Lenten Charity fortnight, including delicious cake sales, our catering team Chartwells have agreed to make ‘House Lenten Charity menus’ as chosen by all four Houses and they will make a donation from each day’s profits, there is also the ever popular non- uniform day.

Please see the list below for details of what is happening when:

  • Wednesday 30th March - our catering team Chartwells are making the Clayton House menu choices
  • Thursday 31st March is the Clayton and Cuerden delicious cake sale
  • Friday 1st April - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Worden House menu choices
  • Tuesday 5th April - 'Resurrection Rock' An Easter Celebration - there will be a collection for Lenten Charity
  • Tuesday 5th April  - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Cuerden House menu choices
  • Tuesday 5th April is the Farington and Worden delicious cake sale
  • Thursday 7th April - today our catering team Chartwells are making the Farington House menu choices
  • Friday 8th April is non-uniform day for all who pay £1. Please make sure that money is in School by Monday 4th April at the very latest

Inspiration for raising more money!

Could you donate £5 by doing one of the following? - saving up, giving up money that you spend on goodies, do jobs at home or do a sponsored event.

Organise an event with our Tutor Group: Inter-tutor competitions, sponsored events, quizzes.

Do something outside of School – e.g. a sponsored event, a cake sale at Church.

If every Student in School could raise £5 that would mean a wonderful £1250 could be raised for a start off.

Last year we raised a most wonderful total of £3000 and with your help we are hoping to better that!

Thank you

MARCH 2016

We raised a most wonderful £400 for Children in Need from our talent show that was held on Tuesday 17th November 2015.

Thank you to everyone took part and who came along and helped us to raise this money for Children in Need.

You can see the certificate and letter below that we received in March 2016:


We took part in Number Day 2016 on the 5th February and had fun with numbers during Maths lessons.

We raised a most wonderful £460.20 for The NSPCC and here is our certificate from them.


RockFM Cash For Kids

During December we collected a number of gifts for children aged between 0-18 and they were then donated to the RockFM Cash For Kids charity. The charity made sure that the gifts were given to those children in the area who needed them.

Thank you to everyone who helped by donating and to Danny Morris, a member of our Site Team, who organised this and took all the gifts to the collection point. Read more about the brilliant work that the Cash for Kids Charity do on their web page.

You can see the thank you letter and certificate from RockFM Cash For Kids below:




In October 2015 we had a non-uniform day in School. Anyone who wanted to wear their jeans or own clothes were asked to donate a £1. You can see on the certificate below that we managed to raise a wonderful £872.25 for this deserving charity. You can read more about the work that they do on their web page.