Almost £1,000 has been raised by big-hearted students at the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech during just one term.

A charity bake sale and running in Rudolph antlers were two of the ways the students raised the money to help cancer and children’s charities.

Year 11 student Lia held her bake sale before the Christmas holiday and raised £368 for the cancer charity Macmillan.

Studying maths, biology and psychology, Lia has plans to work in the field of neuro-science and decided to hold the bake sale around the time of her 16th birthday in November.

She chose the charity because cancer has impacted her own family, and Lia is one of a number of our students who have chosen to raise money to help others over last term.

A group of Year 7 students donned antlers to take part in a sponsored Rudolph Run before Christmas, and raised £369 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. It works with the Alan Hudson Day Centre in Wisbech as well as looking after people in their own homes.

The academy’s Raising Standards Leader for Year 7, Laura Heasell, led the initiative and joined the students taking part.

The sixth formers also raised a total of £184 when fancy dress was the name of the game for the annual BBC’s Children In Need day - and there were some amazing costumes on display.

All the fundraisers took place during just November and December last year and raised a total of £921- an amazing effort by everyone involved.

Principal Richard Scott said: “We are very proud of the generosity of our students, those who arrange events and those who support them.

“Helping others is a big part of our ethos and our academy family and our staff are also to be praised for encouraging everyone to support good causes.

“We look forward to the new term and can’t wait to see how our students continue to help others.

“Time is just as valuable as money, and volunteering is a huge commitment many students have already made.”