Students from N5 tutor group are celebrating following the success of their ‘Dummy for a Day’ fundraising effort.
Students Brogan Ball, Jack Nicol, Nat Onya, Alex Wetton and Isla Zalman and staff members Kate Rose and Hannah Le Couilliard spent the entire College day on 7 February wearing dummies in their mouths to raise money for the College’s chosen charity for the academic year, Torbay Special Care Baby Unit.
The effort, which raised over £50 for the charity, was the brainchild of Year 9 student, Jack Nicol, who was inspired during the College’s first Enrichment Day earlier in the term: “The theme for the day was ‘Imagine What’s Possible…’ and we tried to be as creative as we could, coming up with tutor group fundraising ideas for the rest of the year. We wanted to do something that would tie in with the charity; wearing dummies for the day was the most interesting way we could think of. Our teachers were very supportive – we had to either remain silent all day, or speak with our dummies in our mouths – but they were really understanding, as fundraising is such an important part of College life. Hopefully, the money we raise will help fund more equipment to save lives. We don’t mind making ourselves look silly if it helps raise money for charity!”
Tutor and English Teacher, Hannah Le Couilliard, was impressed with the students’ efforts: “I am so proud of our students who took part in the day. It was quite embarrassing for them to be seen by their peers wearing dummies; it certainly took a lot of courage to do it! It definitely made teaching classes for a day very interesting! Every single penny helps towards the fantastic charity that is Torbay Special Care Baby Unit, and we would like to thank everyone who sponsored us.”