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Students hit funding goal for charity

By Simon Fernley 6th March 2020

Students hit funding goal for charity
Young footballers who played in the charity match at Newquay Tretherras

YOUNG footballers from Newquay Tretherras are celebrating after achieving their goal of raising funds for a local mental health charity.

Rhys Evans, in Year 10, and Joe Baker, in Year 9, came up with the idea of staging a charity football match in aid of Cornwall Mind.

The match, held at the academy’s new all-weather astro pitch earlier this month, hit the back of the net with funds raised going through the £1,000 target.

The Year 9 and 10 students chose the Cornish charity as they wanted to raise awareness, and promote understanding, of mental health amongst their peers.  

School teacher Mr Templeton said: “I am so proud of all the hard work the boys have put into raising money for Cornwall Mind.

“They have been persistent in asking teachers, friends and family to help in order to raise as much as they possibly could. They chose Cornwall Mind as their charity because they believe it is essential that more is done to promote the mental health of those around us.

"They’ve also put on activities such as beat the teacher penalty shoot-outs in order to raise money from their peers.”

Cornwall Mind endeavours to prevent those who are vulnerable from developing mental health issues. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Rhys said: “Mental health is becoming increasingly more important and we are trying to raise greater awareness amongst young people. The match was after school in the hope that lots of people would come out to watch and donate to the charity.”

Jo Boulton, project co-ordinator for Cornwall Mind in the West, said: “We are absolutely delighted, it’s such an incredible amount of money raised!

“It’s great to have young people supporting mental health awareness as it helps tackle stigma and starts important conversations about mental wellbeing.

“All money raised or donated to us stays in Cornwall and gets spent in our local communities. Thank you so much to everyone involved.

“A huge thanks to Mr Templeton and the Year 9 and Year 10 boys of Newquay Tretherras for hosting a sponsored match to raise awareness and funds for Cornwall Mind.” 

To date the boys have raised more than £1,000 and people can still donate via the following page https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/stepintothinking

By Simon Fernley 6th March 2020

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