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15 October, 2009

Generous schools awarded for their campaigning and charity work

Teenagers from eight youth-led charity teams, who have transformed their secondary schools into powerhouses of charity and community action by raising over £100,000 for over 80 UK charities, will be recognised for their outstanding commitment to charity and community action at the prestigious Giving Nation Awards for Excellence on 5th November 2009.

From 2.30pm the Churchill Room at HM Treasury will open its doors to the young winners where they will receive their awards from Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector.

These young people, who represent a range of UK secondary schools and who have organised over 450 events in support of charity in the 2008/09 academic year, will be presented with awards in recognition of their outstanding efforts in fundraising, social enterprise, volunteering and campaigning action. The students' achievements are particularly inspiring having generated £106,000, through their schools, in donations to local, national and international charities.

To enter the Giving Nation Awards, a Citizenship Foundation project, groups of students kept online diaries on the website recording school based social and charitable action undertaken throughout the 2008/09 academic year - these included a range of activties such as sponsored dog walks, school sleepovers and fair trade campaigns.

Awards of up to £1,000 will be given to the schools to further student-led, school-wide participation in charity, community and social action.

The overall winners of the 2009 Giving Nation Awards:

Tibshelf School, Derbyshire - Most Outstanding School

Schools of Excellence - Giving Nation Awards Winners:

1. Torry Academy, Aberdeen
2. Queen Elizabeth School, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria
3. Rushcliffe Comprehensive School, Nottingham
4. Loughborough High School, Loughborough
5. Alec Hunter Humanities College, Braintree, Essex
6. Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis, West Sussex


School of Excellence - Social Enterprise - Giving Nation Challenge Winner

7. Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Medway, Kent.

The Tibshelf School in Derbyshire will receive the prestigious ‘Most Outstanding School - Giving Nation Award' for their examples of charity and community activity. As national winners the team will be presented with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity: the chance to spend one week supporting the work of international development charity World Vision in Chennai, India. In early 2010 a student team from the school will travel to India to learn about the charity's work with runaway children in the South Indian city.

Programme Director for Giving Nation, Anna Reid said:

'We know that most schools spend a lot of time and energy each year to raise money, campaign and volunteer for outside causes. Unfortunately many schools struggle to find an effective way of recording, sharing and celebrating these achievements with their community and that is where the Giving Nation Awards supports schools. Each year we also recognise up to eight schools across the UK who are outstanding in their achievements of charitable and social action - we congratulate our 2009 winning schools on their hard work and commitment which will see them become beacons for students and schools across the UK'

Hannah Graham a student from the Giving Nation team at Loughborough High School said:

‘Since working on Giving Nation we have realised how important it is to tell other young people about the varied charity work we do so that we can encourage others to give more and help others. The awards website also allowed us to reflect on the work we have done for charities. We are really happy to have won this award!'

Alan Millar, teacher at Torry Academy said:

‘Entering the Giving Nation Awards gave our students a real focal point for the charity and campaigning activity they carry out in school. It is the students who drive the fundraising and campaigning that goes on at Torry Academy. Winning this award will really help them to strengthen the ethos of giving and social action they are already building at our school.'

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