As a school, we prioritise the Macmillan Coffee morning appeal in September in order to raise funds for this important charity and as a way of spending time with our community. The Macmillan appeal helps people and their families living with cancer, supporting wellbeing, providing respite care, specialist nurses and helping people with cancer to manage their finances. Many of our families in school have been affected by cancer and the impact it can have cannot be underestimated. As someone who has lost family members to the disease, I would like to personally thank all those who have provided cakes today or have donated money to the cause. Every single penny helps.
The Macmillan coffee morning is one of the ways we can evidence ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ in our school. We recognise the importance of doing 5 key things daily to improve our mental and emotional health. These are:
By attending the coffee morning our students are connecting and giving and as such they benefit themselves as well as those connected with the charity.
I had the same experience last weekend when I attended the beach clean in Workington. The shore area is one I visit several times a week with my dog and am always distressed by the rubbish left behind by visitors or that which washes up from the Solway. Last Saturday, in beautiful sunny conditions, I joined a group of around 30 volunteers for several hours, cleaning the beach. The result was a real transformation for the beach and great for my wellbeing.
The National Trust organise regular beach clean events and they have been in St Bees this week and are in Whitehaven next week. If you can’t attend an organised event, why don’t you do your own next time you are at the beach? Just make sure you are careful and wear suitable protection especially for your hands. I can guarantee that you will feel good as a result.