One of the House Charities this year has been ‘Ben’s Wish’. Ben’s Wish is a trust fund set up to raise money for Ben Robinson. Ben is from Leigh and was born with cerebral palsy and was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.
The charity is raising money to help the 11-year-old achieve his ambition of going to Jamaica.
The fund, which is also helping Ben and his family focus on plans for after his treatment, was set up by Leigh Centurions rugby league player Dayne Weston.
Dayne met Ben when the Centurions team visited the children’s ward at a local hospital, with the two immediately getting along well and the youngster’s story striking a chord with the Australian forward.
Dayne came into St Mary’s at the start of the year to talk about why he set up the charity and how much of an inspirational young man Ben is.
Over the year we have held cake sales, raffles and some students raised money through taking part in the ‘Tenner Challenge’. The Tenner Challenge provides a highly interactive way for students to develop key skills including creativity, resilience, and problem solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business. Students (11-19) are pledged £10 and have one month to set up a business – coming up with an idea of a product or service they can sell and gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.
Today we welcomed Ben and his dad to school to present the £550.55 that was raised by our staff and students. Thank you Dayne for coming into our school and good luck Ben in achieving your dream!
Keep an eye out for next year’s House charities and how you can support them!