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26 October, 2007

Top Charity schools to be awarded at HM Treasury

Nine Schools from around the UK will be awarded for their charity action at the Treasury on Monday 29 October at the Citizenship Foundation’s Giving Nation Awards for Charitable Action, celebrating what young people can achieve for charities and their local communities. Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector will be presenting the awards.

Felpham Community College in Sussex will be awarded the top prize, a trip to Kenya to experience the work of international development charity Sightsavers International as they work with local partners to prevent and cure blindness. Eight other schools will each pick up a regional award of £1,000 for schools to put towards future charity action or donate to a cause of their choosing.

To enter the awards, schools across the UK wrote diaries on the G-Nation website describing their charitable activity, volunteering and campaigning activities throughout the school year and the impact it had locally and internationally.

Andy Thornton, Director of Participation and Social Action spoke about the awards, saying, “These awards celebrate the very best of what schools do to help others outside their gates. School communities are a great microcosm of society and a great place to learn how we can build a stronger society through voluntary participation. Earlier this year the Giving Nation programme helped us to win our own international award as it was recognised by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation as a world leader in its field. The UK has much to be proud of in the way we are building a strong, fair and inclusive society, and these schools are shining examples of that.”

The Giving Nation schools programme promotes and supports young people’s learning and engagement in charitable activity, volunteering and campaigning through free school resources, an online awards programme and a web community at www.g-nation.co.uk

Journalists and Photographers welcome to attend event at Treasury. Schools will be taking part in a photo opportunity outside the treasury after the ceremony on a sightseeing bus complete with banners from the campaigns they have supported over the last year.

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Notes for editors:

1.The Giving Nation awards ceremony will take place at HM Treasury, Whitehall, on Monday 29th October from 10.30 am onwards bringing 40 young people from around the U.K, government and charity officials together to receive and present awards.

2. The award winning diary entry can be found here: http://www.g-nation.co.uk/awards/ourschool.cfm?awardID=227&CFID=1292692&CFTOKEN=88341601

3. Giving Nation www.g-nation.co.uk is a project of the Citizenship Foundation, an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

4. Giving Nation (G-Nation) supports and promotes young people’s learning and engagement in charitable activity, volunteering and campaigning through free school resources, an online awards programme and a web community at www.g-nation.co.uk

5. The Giving Nation School Awards programme offers awards to schools committed to charitable giving in regions around the U.K. nine schools have won awards in 2007.

6. Sightsavers International is a registered UK charity (number 207544) that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and improve life for those who will never see. www.sightsavers.org

7. Details of winners:

Main Winners Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Regional winners, Scotland Torry Academy, Aberdeen

Runners up, Scotland Dyce Academy, Aberdeen

Regional winners, London Plumstead Manor, London

Regional winners, East and Yorkshire Rushcliffe School, Nottingham

Regional winners for North St Joseph's School, Workington, Cumbria

Runners up for North Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Regional winners for West and Central The Grove School, Market Drayton, Shropshire

Regional winners for South East Folkestone Academy (formally Channel School)

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