Sixth Formers host ‘Shut Down the Stigma’ charity event

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Showcase performers take to the stage at

On the evening of Monday 13th November, saw a true example of how people can come together in aid of an amazing cause for charity. ‘Shut Down the Stigma’, a showcase in support of the charity Young Minds, was held at to raise money and promote awareness of mental health.

Entirely down to two Year 13 students, Kari Summers and Danielle Burnard; these young women independently planned, designed and co-ordinated the event. They took it upon themselves to find a way to raise money and more importantly raise awareness for a very sensitive cause; managing to rally up a huge amount of outside support, including the contribution of many valuable raffle prizes.

Kari and Danielle are the main factors to the success of the night, from organising the arrangements of the show, advertising and selling the tickets; they truly deserve the biggest of congratulations. Without their commitment from beginning to end, the night couldn’t have happened.

The production aimed to bring awareness to the mental health issues affecting many of our society today. The showcase featured many musical and dance performances by both past and present students of, who all gave up their free time to contribute to the special evening. After each performance, there was a short speech, addressing the audience with background facts and information on mental health. This was equally moving and educational, really adding a special segment to the show in between each act.

To represent the huge success of the evening the final amount raised reached the large total of £780, which really exceeded initial expectations, just going to show how generous people can be in aid of such an important cause.

In addition to the talented performers, praise must also go out to the group of volunteers that helped out with preparation and assistance on the night; from helping with refreshments and raffle tickets to backstage arrangements and technical equipment. This all helped make the night run as smooth as it did. A special mention must go to the supporting teachers and staff for the guidance and support throughout the process, all making this goal achievable.

An all-round excellent evening, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved and a valuable addition to the school’s Be Well programme.

Article written by Jenny Martin, Year 13 student at

Sixth Formers responsible for organising the event

The Sixth Form team who organised and ran the event.