STUDENTS at Copley Academy, Stalybridge, have been reaching out to help those in need in the town.
They have just held a second collection of the year for the Tameside East Foodbank.
It was organised by the student leadership team of Beth Mellor, Tamzin Streeter, Hannah Hussain, Anna Harding, Milli Darby, Jacob Dooley and Noah Lord-Jones.
In the summer they held a foodbank sweepstake to coincide with the World Cup and received donations weighing 220kg, the largest donation the foodbank had ever received.
Students have also taken part in a non-uniform day and were hoping to raise £2,000 to support homeless charities.
Students also took part in Socktober in which more than 100 pairs of old, but clean, socks were donated.
They have been given to Emmaus Mossley to be distributed to the homeless.
The fundraiser was the idea of the school’s senior leadership student team including Beth Mellor, a year 11 student, who was responsible for choosing the charity.
Beth said: “Socktober was about collecting socks for the homeless to keep them warm during the winter.
“We wanted to do something a bit different, so we came up with Socktober.”
Year eight student Milli Darby, who helped Beth collect the socks, said: “It shows that Copley students are very generous and they always want to help.”
Assistant principal Jo Tidbury added: “We care about our local community, not just about our school.
“The socks are going to Emmaus Mossley and we’re going to try and do some more work with them.
“In the last half term, the school was also massively proactive in the Poppy Appeal.
“The students have really taken these last two charity campaigns taken to heart.
“Once Beth has ﬁnished her mock exams, we will sit down and decide on another charity we want to work with.”
Principal Sarah Gregory said: “We are proud to support charities and good causes that are in Stalybridge which is our community.”
Copley Academy is a Manchester United Foundation school and eight lucky year seven students recently attended a Christmas party at Old Trafford.
Charly Rose Davies, Caleb Willets, Lucas Lampard, Leighton Parker, Isaac Mulholland, Faye Parkes, Alisha Kasozi and Lily Mae Wood were selected by form tutors for the positive contributions they made to their first term at Copley.
They were treated to some excellent food, games, a disco and a visit from Fred the Red. The students thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and the school is excited about developing further links with the Manchester United Foundation.