Charity Ambassador role for compassionate student

A Trinity Academy student has been praised for selflessly giving up her free time to raise funds for a charity that touched her heart during a recent event at the school.

Emilie Garcia (9 Taylor) was so impressed by a presentation on the work of the Our Angels charity, which provides support for families coping with the bereavement of a baby, that she individually raised more than £80 for the cause.

Chris Binnie, one of the charity’s trustees who came to speak to students during their annual Charities Week, said he was “overwhelmed” by Emilie’s generosity and awarded her a special accolade as an ‘Our Angel Ambassador’. “I feel truly blessed to be given the opportunity to talk with the students at Trinity and to see such an impressive school,” he added.

Mr Binnie spoke to students as part of an assembly, and also held discussions with a Sixth Form Health and Social Care class, and two classes of Child Development. He paid tribute to the generosity of the students and the maturity shown by all those he spoke to during the four sessions he ran. “We thank Trinity and the community of Thorne and Moorends for their help and generosity during charities week and their support of our charity, which receives no government funding,” he said.

Emilie was not the only student to get involved in the fund-raising process, with a range of events being held by Key Stage 3 students both in the academy and in the wider community. Thornensians RUFC held a charity rugby tournament which many Trinity students were involved in. Between the academy and the rugby club, more than £500 was raised for Our Angels.

Trinity teacher Mr J. Taylor, who organised the Our Angels presentation to students, praised those students who got involved. “Many of our students were highly motivated to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause,” he said. “It was an amazing achievement.”

Further information on the work of the Our Angels charity can be found at  Mr Binnie writes a regular blog about his experiences, which was recently nominated in the ‘Something Different’ section of the Northern Blog Awards: