The High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight, Caroline Peel, attended Carisbrooke College this morning to award Year 10 student, Macie, with a prestigious High Sheriff’s Award.
Macie was nominated to receive this award by her Head of Year, Charlotte Hookey, and Rachel Thomson, Community Centre Manager at Pan Together. They have been blown away over the last year by Macie’s fantastic fundraising and charity efforts which have inspired and set a good example to all of her peers.
At the start of 2020, the school was planning an event to raise funds to create a mental health and wellbeing room so that students could access mental health first aid trained staff and a calm, safe environment when needed. The event the school had planned to raise funds was sadly cancelled due to the restrictions of Coronavirus, so Macie took it upon herself to undertake her own fundraising for this cause. Through a garage sale and a raffle, Macie raised the highly impressive amount of £2087!
Following this, and knowing that a large proportion of elderly residents on the Isle of Wight may be facing a Christmas period on their own, Macie decided to spread some Christmas cheer by gathering and distributing cards and gifts. Using money earned from her paper round and through appealing to friends, family and local businesses, Macie purchased cards, wrapping paper and over 100 gifts which she then delivered to care homes, the local hospital and care providers in the community, including Pan Together. Rachel Thomson from Pan Together shared that these gifts and Macie’s kindness had moved residents to tears as, for some, it was the only gift they received at Christmas.
More recently, Macie has shown what a fantastic and thoughtful young person she is by arranging Easter eggs and Easter themed gifts to deliver to elderly care home residents and elderly patients who will be in hospital over the Easter period. Macie has again used her paper round money and appealed to local supermarket, Morrisons, to put together 175 Easter gifts that she will deliver during the Easter break.
Caroline Peel commented on how the Island has really come together to look after one another during the pandemic and Macie’s efforts are a wonderful example of this. She was impressed by the way in which Macie inspired her peer group to support those around them who may be in need.
We are so proud of Macie; she is a wonderful ambassador for our school. She thoroughly deserves this award and the recognition of her selfless hard work and determination to support others.