On Friday 3rd February, staff and students at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, held a fundraising event in memory of Business teacher Jane Reason who sadly passed away last year. The event was focused on 'kindness', as Jane was known throughout college for her kind and considerate nature, and aimed to bring the whole college community together to raise money for an on-site memorial to Jane. Any additional proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness, a charity that Jane supported.

Prior to the event, students had been encouraged to perform 'random acts of kindness' which were then shared on the 'kindness wall' on the day, along with compliments and inspirational quotes. To raise money, a range of stalls were available, including a cake sale, henna tattoos and a craft stall. In addition, a Foodbank donation point was set up which will remain throughout the year for students to donate to.

Staff and students took part in craft activities on Kindness Day

The community defibrillator scheme works in such a way that any call to the ambulance service where the patient is located under 300 metres from the defibrillator, the caller will be advised of the code to gain entry to the cabinet. This ensures that a defibrillator is available in emergency cases.

The defibrillator was provided by Andy Jeynes on behalf of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and purchased by the college as a public service to the community. Jim Haynes of S and J Electricals kindly fitted the defibrillator free of charge.

Principal Remley Mann with Andy Jeynes from the West Midlands Ambulance Service