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STM enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Garden House Hospice (GHH). Situated in Letchworth, the GHH serves residents in the local area. Our school ambassadors have an important role in promoting wider understanding of the work of the hospice and in leading fundraising initiatives.
We recycle our old clothes and shoes in a PlanetAid Bank.
The money raised provides support for education, health training and environmental programmes aimed at the relief of poverty and the development of the poorest communities in India and Africa.
In the last year our clothing bank produced approximately 1000kg of clothing.
During the academic year 2022 -23, our Year 5 pupils were involved in the ‘Love in Action’ programme that was developed by Caritas, the Catholic relief and revelopment agency,. As part of the programme, pupils explored the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how we as Catholics can make a difference by serving the poor and promote charity and justice throughout the world.
Year 5 decided to organise a fundraiser for the local charity ‘Feed up, warm up’ that serves those in our community that are homeless and without sufficient means to feed themselves. The founder of the charity visited STM to speak to the pupils during a whole school assembly and shared how they are able to support families during the current cost of living crisis.
The pupils organised a ‘Discothon’ fundraiser to help combat hunger and homelessness within our wider community, which includes Stevenage, Letchworth and Hitchin. The idea was for each family to sponsor their child to partake in the challenge of dancing for a whole song which they had chosen as a year group.
In summary, they put their love in action by donning their dancing shoes to beat hunger in our wider community!