We are always on the look out for new fundraising ideas. Our latest, evolved in response to one of the children’s ideas. Having watched Blue Planet II, this child unsolicited, made some posters to raise awareness of the impact of plastic on sea creatures. This led to much discussion amongst the Gang and ultimately action. Our ruminations led us to collecting litter locally, requesting the rich and famous to do the same, before turning it into something beautiful, art…

Our Rubbish Art Exhibition, hosted in the Cart Shed, Preston Crowmarsh (thanks to Esther and Phillip Chamberlaine) was very well received…

By following just one child’s interests, the Gang were motivated and engaged: ultimately producing some excellent art, harnessing a little used medium, of which they could be justly proud; creating some great writing to accompany the pieces they had made; measured in context; saw their work valued and displayed accordingly; honed their speaking and listening skills as they interacted with guests; wrote a persuasive rap and performed it in unison, with intonation and expression; and raised a staggering £2,000 in the process.

I say…listen to the children, and they will show you the way…

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