Charity night proves to be hot stuff for fund-raising

KEVI student Angus Kirk who was the auctioneer.
KEVI student Angus Kirk who was the auctioneer.

ENTERPRISING students have raised more than £3,000 for the Alan Shearer Foundation with a curry quiz night and charity auction.

The event, which took place last Thursday, was organised by a group of students and staff from Morpeth’s King Edward VI School (KEVI).

It was a huge success, raising a grand total of £3,135 for the charity, and was enjoyed by more than 100 guests.

The evening began with the first of three rounds of the quiz, followed by a three-course Indian meal made by KEVI kitchen staff Allison Hoyle and Lynne Stroughton.

After the meal was an auction, which gave guests the chance to bid on rare items such as a Titanic poster signed by both Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet, a signed copy of Whoopi Goldberg’s autobiography and many other signed and rare items.

Many local businesses also donated lots, such as a free boiler service from KNW and a Michelle Fowler Photography session.

In total, more than 60 items were donated.

KEVI Head of Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment Victoria Najafi said: “I was surprised with the amount of support from Hollywood A-Listers, television and sports personalities in particular. It has really put KEVI on the international map yet again.

“Both my colleague Sarah Bulman and I are delighted by how well the evening went and most of all by the tremendous support given by parents, friends, staff and the community.”

The students who organised the evening are raising money for the Alan Shearer Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneur Competition.

The contest involves giving teams of up to ten sixth form students £250 to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Last year it generated £17,700.

This is the second year that KEVI students have taken part.

Student Voice Ambassador Dominic James said: “I am taking part in the competition because it teaches you new skills and raises money for a good cause.”

Staff and students who organised the charity evening were pleased with how it went.

Student Voice Ambassador Philippa Goode said: “Through the hard work and dedication of the whole team we overcame challenges which were presented to us and ensured a successful night.”

Nicola Milne, of the Foundation, said: “The Alan Shearer Foundation was launched in May 2012 with the sole purpose of raising £250,000 each year, enabling us to provide free and subsidised respite care, along with free access to a range of sensory facilities at the Alan Shearer Activity centre.

“The curry night was amazing. I thought it was fantastic that the students had so many auction prizes from lots of different places.

“The organisation of it was excellent.”

Although they raised a lot of money through their curry quiz night and charity auction, the challenge is not over for the students.

Young Social Entrepreneur Competition Team Leader Adam Farley said: “We want to raise as much money as possible for a cause we are very passionate about.

“We will continue to fund-raise through bag packs, selling refreshments at the Morpeth Community Cinema and use all opportunities we have to fund-raise.”