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Young philanthropists at Valentines High School secure donation for hospice

Winners Raza Hussain, 14, Emma McIntyre, 14 and Zoe Barry, 14, who won a cheque for £3000 for their chosen chairty Richard House. Winners Raza Hussain, 14, Emma McIntyre, 14 and Zoe Barry, 14, who won a cheque for £3000 for their chosen chairty Richard House.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
6:02 PM

School pupils have been investigating the most pressing problems facing young people in a bid to win money for a charity of their choice.

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Year 9 pupils at Valentines High School put their arguments forward for a variety of causes to win £3,000 for their selected charities as part of the Young Philanthropists Initiative.

Judges decided to give the £3,000 donation to the Richard House Children’s Hospice, Beckton, after pupils Zoe Barry, Raza Hussain, Emma McIntyre and Ruchika Joshi put their case forward in a presentation to the panel.

The YPI programme started in schools in Canada more than 10 years ago and have been helping schools in Britain to donate to worthy causes with help from their partners and doners.

Valentines PSHCE co-ordinator Neil McPherson, who organised the programme, said: “These winning students here at Valentines have added another crucial layer onto this growing wave of philanthropy amongst the younger generation.”

The YPI programme has helped 52,000 pupils in the UK give more than £1million to local causes,

Proud teacher Mr McPherson added: “They’ve embraced it with open arms, it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.

“They’re helping the school to extend its links to the community.”

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