Morrison Presentation to MNDA
Students at Fulston Manor School are an extremely charitable bunch and this fundraising week was no exception. Morrison House students pulled out all the stops to raise as much money as possible after they heard an emotive assembly by a representative from the Motor Neurone Disease Association and personal accounts from sufferers. This instilled an understanding of not only how people’s lives are changed by the disease, but also how contributions of any amounts of money make a big difference. Jennifer Akhurst, who’s dad was diagnosed with the disease in October 2010 and her tutor group gave a personal and emotional account about this debilitating disease and how her family are affected.
The family have been working tirelessly to raise money for MNDA including a parachute jump by sister Jasmine (a former Morrison student, now in Fulston Manor Sixth Form) which raised over £1000 and a sponsored walk by the family and friends, including dad at certain parts(!) from Sittingbourne to Faversham. Jasmine said “ It was a great shock to me when my dad was diagnosed with it, I hadn’t even heard of Motor Neurone Disease! I now know a lot and will continue to try to raise money for this charity”
The students arranged a variety of events including selling refreshments at the school’s Sports’ Day, a sell-out event as the weather was on side (for a change!), a sponsored silence, a show from the new and upcoming boy band Futureproof and artist Ashley Noot rocked the house with her new single “Oh No What” and other songs. Both events offered a chance to talk to the artists and get some merchandise and promotional material, a cake sale, again a sell-out and finally, the week was finished on a high and bright note with a “Wear Silly Socks Day”. Motor Neurone Disease Association is a charity that is now very close to the heart of students in Morrison House.
Head of Morrison House, Miss Smith said “ I am delighted with how much money Morrison House raised! (£952.49) I think the students really got behind this cause as it was personal to one of our own and the response was way above my expectations. We raised the most we have ever done, over the course of the week, in my 8 years at Fulston! It will be difficult to beat. We hope that the money will help to improve lives.”
Further information about this illness can be found at : www.mndassociation.org
Pictured: Jennifer and Jasmine Akhurst with Head of Morrison House, Miss Smith presenting the cheque to Stephen Akhurst (dad) on behalf of MNDA.