Avonbourne School Head Girls’ Team have raised over £400 and provided donations of food and toiletries to help young people affected by homelessness in Bournemouth.
Pupils Lauren Parrish, Ellie Watford, Beste Bektas and Isabel Hioco approached BCHA, the Bournemouth-based organisation that helps homeless and vulnerable people access the right housing, health, learning and work opportunities, because of its work with supporting young people locally. The girls choose the organisation as their Charity of the Year and supported them through a number of fundraising and awareness raising initiatives.
Ellie Watford said, “It is our generation who are going to inspire generosity, so why don’t we start now!”
Just before Christmas they generated hundreds of donations for BCHA’s young service users, such as food and toiletries, through the school and also raised £400. The girls recently invited Daryl Gibbins, BCHA’s Project Leader for Bournemouth Young Peoples Accommodation Service, to the school where he was presented with a cheque and gave a talk on how the money will help BCHA support young homeless people.
Paul Tucker, Campaigns Manager at BCHA, said, “The girls approached us because they wanted to do something to help the young homeless people we support. They wanted to not only raise money and generate donations but also increase awareness at school about the plight of young homeless people in Bournemouth, especially as many are of a similar age. We are inspired by the school’s compassion and drive to help combat youth homelessness through BCHA, in such a positive and structured manner. We are extremely grateful to them.”