MPW Birmingham’s Nominated Charity - Edwards Trust

MPW Birmingham’s Nominated Charity - Edwards Trust

During the course of the year, the students and staff at MPW Birmingham decided to look for ways to support our local charity, Edward’s Trust and ultimately decided that the best way to do this would be to have them as our nominated charity. This has meant that where possible, staff and student fundraising activities have been focussed on this very worthy cause. This has manifested itself on a number of levels and has led to a number of activities occurring. Here we would like to share details of just a few to give you a flavour of what has been happening:

Charity leaf sweep
In November, once the leaves have all fallen, a group of students along with the Vice Principal, Adam Cross ventured out into the Edward’s Trust car park to sweep and clear the mountains of leaves that had appeared throughout autumn. It was really pleasing to see so many students getting stuck in and after a concerted effort, we left the car park in a much happier state!

Emily’s run
In June one of our Biology teachers, Emily Lucas, participated in an 8 mile charity run in aid of Edward’s Trust. In spite of the warm weather on the day of the run, Emily managed to battle through and produced a respectable time on a tough course. The charity bug has now well and truly bitten
Emily and as a result her next fundraiser is a group bike ride across Europe in the autumn.

Birmingham Half marathon
A group of students and staff is currently preparing and training to run the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on October 19th. This event, which is six years old this year, weaves a 13 mile course through the city and directly past the college. The team felt that there was no better charity to support than Edward’s Trust, so all of the donations raised will go directly to them.

Charity world cup day
To celebrate the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and to continue to show our support for the great work done at Edward’s Trust, we held a World Cup charity day on the 12th of June which was also the start date of the 2014 tournament. Both staff and students were encouraged to show their support by wearing the football top of their choice. As you can imagine the college was full with a range of colourful shirts which provided a nice atmosphere without distracting students during the current crucial exam period. It was nice to see students being very patriotic and the variety of England shirts on display from different generations was impressive. James Bourne, Head of GCSE at MPW played the villain of the day wearing a retro Germany shirt, which the students found quite amusing. Overall the day was a big success and was enjoyed by both staff and students, but most importantly the college managed to raise an impressive £158.44. We would like to thank everyone who took part and contributed and MPW will continue to support Edwards Trust and the great work they do!