Firstly let me introduce myself. I’m Mrs Tattersall, and I work in the office at Ridgeway Academy and over the years I have taken part in various challenges to raise money for several charities and this year is no different. This year I am taking part in a Charity Sky Dive on the 8TH Sept at Hinton Airfield. After speaking to the School Council about my challenge they were interested to learn about the charity I am raising money for. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and their ‘Heart in a Box’ campaign.
The charity is raising money to bring a revolutionary piece of equipment, commonly known as ‘Heart in a Box’ which would change the way heart transplants are carried out at the QE. ‘Heart in a Box’ allows a donor heart to be transported for longer periods of time, in a better condition and anti-rejection drugs can even be used to increase the chances of the patient accepting the new heart before the transplant takes place. ‘Heart in a Box’ has the potential to increase the number of hearts available to transplant by as much as 50%, revolutionising the way the heart transplants are carried out.
The Student Council got their thinking caps on! Collectively, we came up with a Heart in a Box relay which will see all students take part in transporting a “Heart” around the school track for the day to see how far we could carry it. Now don’t worry our heart will be a cushion and students aren’t expected to run but come together to enjoy a day of fun, whilst raising money for this charity.
So on 20th July 2018 Ridgeway Academy will turn Red. Students can come dressed in red for the day for a £1 donation (prizes will be given for best dressed). They will also come home with sponsorship forms for our “Heart in the Box” relay. The children will be sponsored for the number of laps of the school they complete.
Cakes will be on sale at break time to replenish their energy levels and students can also contribute to this if they wish.
I am sure all students will enjoy the day and if anyone has any questions in regard to the campaign please don’t hesitate to contact me in the office.
Thank you for your support.
Student Council and Mrs Tattersall
The Sponsor Form can be downloaded here.