Charity Fundraising and Community Partnerships

Charity Fundraising

The students and staff of Manchester Health Academy participate in a wide range of community based fundraising events each year to help raise money for local, national and international charities each year.

Charities 2016 – 2017

This year we will continue to support the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

We also continue to support HUGS, a no-overhead charity which has developed a range of programmes to bring education and skills development to the very youngest and to mature students in Uganda and Rwanda.  Helping Uganda Schools funds a primary school, a secondary school and a special needs school in Uganda.

For our own students and the local community, we are raising funds for our new Literacy Garden.

We also support other occasional charity events throughout the year.

One Big Toy Appeal


This year, instead of collecting toys, we are asking for donations towards the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s One Big Toy appeal. They would like to build a multi-sensory room that will benefit even the sickest children all year round.  We will be holding a number of fundraising activities for this great cause until we break for Christmas, all donations will be very gratefully received.  If you would like to donate, please visit our JustGiving page.  Thank you!

Recent activities:

  • Wear Red Day  On Friday 21st October we will be supported ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, the UK’s anti-racism educational charity. Students were allowed to wear an item of red on the day for a donation of £1.00.  Our Sixth Form students organised a number of fun activities during the day, including a raffle, cake sale and ‘Beat the Goalie’.  It was a fantastic success, raising £340.00.
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  • Staff and students at Manchester Health Academy came together to support Macmillan Cancer Care with their coffee morning appeal at the end of September 2016, raising just over £200. Photo and story here
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  • Manchester Health Academy’s 5th Annual Charity Walkathon will took place on Wednesday 20th July 2016.  Our Charities this year were Cancer Research UK & Safe Spots Family Centre in Wythenshawe. Students walked approximately 15.5km and we expect it took about 3-3½hrs to complete.  We raised £460 which was split between the two charities.
  • Been Seen in Green for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital was held on Friday 1st July, raising over £140 for the Time Saves Lives Helipad Appeal.
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  • Cakes sales, Bike Raffle and Wear Stripes for Wythenshawe Hall day were held to help raise funds for the Wythenshawe Hall restoration, in conjunction with other local schools. Together, the schools raised over £6,000.  Photo and story here.
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  • Our Sixth Form students organised the Year 8 Interform Football Tournament in Memory of Jack Norfolk, held on Thursday 12th May, proceeds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Two staff members participated Greater Manchester Marathon, for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and raised over £750.00. Photo and story here.
  • Students raised over £100.00 for the Royal manchester Children’s Hospital by packing bags at Tesco Extra in Baguley. Photo and story here.IMG_5435
  • Students took part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £370,000.  Photos and story here.
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  • A huge pile of Christmas gifts were generously donated by students, staff and members of the public for children who would be spending Christmas in hospital. Photo and story here.
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  • A collection of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child – 42 boxes were donated in total.
  • Three staff members participated in MUFC’s Santa Run, for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and raised £533.00. Photos and story here
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  • A collaboration with Neil Barrett Portrait Photography for HUGS, which raised £340.00.
  • The Jack Norfolk Memorial Football Tournament on Sunday 29th November for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – £628.11 was raised for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which will go to Ward 77 at Jack’s mum’s request.  Photos and story here.
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  • Students have organised several cake and soap sales which have raised more than £200.00

Community Partnership

Manchester Health Academy is committed to engaging with the local community and actively pursues opportunities to develop working relationships with community organisations and local businesses.  We were delighted to be shortlisted for the Manchester Evening News Schools Awards Active Community Award this year.

  • Year 8 students recently became the first in the North of England to successfully apply to list their local war memorial, the Northenden Cenotaph, and have developed links with the Royal British Legion in Northenden.
  • Our Literacy Garden project aims to provide a bookable community space for the enjoyment of reading, and we have been delighted with support from local businesses and organisations to help realise this vision.
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  • We are delighted to be working with Tesco in Baguley and Altrincham on a number of community and fundraising projects.  We lend some of our sports equipment to support fundraising events at their branches, and have undertaken bag packing for our own fundraising efforts.  Last winter, we worked together to organise a  festive meal for local elderly members of the community in partnership, photos and story here.
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