On Wednesday 20th November, we were fortunate enough to have welcomed to our school Paul Kellett and Emma Cook from YMCA Bedford. YMCA are a charity seeking to serve the local community through its extensive accommodation and resettlement work, providing support for children and adults who are sleeping rough, sofa-surfing and suffering from mental health conditions.
Working for YMCA for over 20 years, Paul and Emma delivered an inspiring and thought-provoking assembly for our children. Some of the statistics they shared left staff and pupils speechless – noteworthy, in 2017, over 100,000 children across the UK were left homeless on Christmas Day and in the very same year, 67 people were living permanently on the streets of Bedford. What was most inspiring though was how the assembly empowered our children to share what they have previously done to support those who are homeless and has motivated many of us to go one step further.
The build-up to Christmas provides us an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the incredible work YMCA do, as well as affording our pupils the chance to support those less fortunate than them. This week our Prefects have led a ‘Charity Week’ in the bid to aid YMCA’s efforts in ending homelessness across Bedford. We had a number of fantastic events taking place across the week including ‘Pie the Prefect’, Crossbar Challenge, Penalty Shootout, Trampolining, a Bake Sale and much more. The kindness of the Potton Middle community has no bounds – thank you for coming together once more to support such a worthy cause.
We look forward to reporting the total amount raised in the coming days!