Year 10 assembly with St Gemma's Hospice

This afternoon Emily from St Gemma's Hospice gave our Year 10s a lovely assembly about the work that they do.

As part of our work towards the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust Award our Year 10s have chosen to support St Gemma's Hospice as their chosen charity. Yesterday our students were packing letters, and today Emily came in to say thanks. 

As the largest hospice in Yorkshire, St Gemma's helps a lot of people in the community. Emily explained that what they do would not be possible without the help of people like us. 

She also explained that a lot of what people think they know about hospices aren't true. They can actually be happy, warm and safe places for people with life-threatening illnesses. Hospices also offer help and counselling to the families of those with illnesses. 

The students were shown a video about a girl called Abbie. After the death of her father, who suffered from bowel cancer, Abbie's mother was also diagnosed with terminal cancer. The staff at St Gemma's Hospice were there for Abbie and her family through her father's illness, are there now during her mother's and will be after her passing. Offering bereavement counselling, group sessions and sometimes just someone to talk to. But none of this would be happening without the donations and support of other people. 

We are over the moon to be working with St Gemma's Hospice, over the coming months our Year 10s will be fundraising and volunteering for them. Thank you Emily for coming in to the Academy and reminding us why we do what we do!

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