Students from Hemel Hempstead’s Longdean School involved in raising money for their World Challenge trip to Costa Rica chose instead to donate half the money to a local charity.
The 11 Year 11 and Post-16 students at the school in Rumballs Road, Bennetts End, spent a number of Saturdays during the Christmas holidays packing carrier bags and taking them to shoppers’ cars.
They were aiming to raise £2,000 towards their World Challenge Trip.
However, when they realised how much they had raised they decided to split the total 50-50 with the Teenage Cancer Trust, which works with teenagers suffering from the effects of cancer and their families.
When the money was split they were able to donate £896 to the charity and to also provide the same amount to their World Challenge totals. Geography teacher Martin Macdonald, who organises the World Challenge trip for the school, said: “It is fantastic to see Longdean students not only giving up their time to raise money but also to be thoughtful and selfless enough to realise the money raised could support those less fortunate than themselves.”
Caroline Mwaniki from the Teenage Cancer Trust attended a whole school assembly on Valentine’s Day to receive the cheque.
She said: “It is wonderful to see teenagers taking the time to raise money for their peers who may not have the same opportunities that they do.”
The Longdean students involved are: Shannen Avis, Chloe Behr, Molly Rice, Nicola Glass, Charnai Harkness, David Stredwick, Tamzin Klyen, James Mellish, Tom Dignum, Beth Jordan