On Wednesday 23 January, students at Queen Margaret’s in Escrick presented York Playspace with a cheque totalling over £3,000 garnered through multiple fundraising initiatives. Selected as Charity of the Year by QM’s Charity Committee, York Playspace exists to ‘provide and promote quality play opportunities for children and young people.’
Funds raised by the School will be used to support the charity’s popular Chill Out Zones which provide children and young people with opportunities to play, learn and socialise together. Manager Alison Shepherd was thankful for the donation, saying,
“This donation will help to support the activities and provide warm, safe places for the children and young people who attend the Chill out Zones in Moor Lane, Tang Hall and 68 Centre in York. It is a much need contribution towards the running costs for another year.”
Girls devised creative avenues for fundraising, all centred on last term’s School Play, Oliver. In addition to donations on the door, local vendors generously provided gifts for a Food, Glorious Food-themed Grand Prize Draw, and a Dickensian Gala and Champagne Reception was held on the night of the final performance. Deputy Head, Mrs Carole Cameron, who co-ordinates the School’s Charity Committee noted,
“The girls have shown tremendous dedication and effort in raising funds for York Playspace. One of Queen Margaret’s aims is to enable girls to engage confidently with their community and I am very pleased with their great success in this endeavour.”
Each year, the Charity Committee selects a charity to direct their fundraising efforts towards. Last year, the School saw great success with Revive, a charity fashion show which well exceeded the £5,000 target. Those funds were given to The Riverside Project, a project focusing on the revitalisation of a derelict pub on Huntington Road into a community centre.