Fundraising with a charity ball


  • 3 students
  • 17 year olds
  • 6 months

Students at City of London Academy Southwark were inspired to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and held a charity ball for other students. The team recruited and auditioned performers willing to entertain on the night, raised money for event catering by holding bake sales in school and managed a budget and marketing strategy, selling tickets to the ball to raise funds. On the night a parent from GOSH spoke to all attending about how the money would make a difference to families.

Run by: Head of Year and Head of Student Engagement

External involvement: Great Ormond Street Hospital

Other attributes developed: Procurement, budgeting and counting money

Reflection: Students were supported by the head of year to reflect on how the project had gone, what skills they had learnt and how these skills might be useful in the future

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: This type of project could provide opportunities to achieve Gatsby Benchmarks 5 and 6 - Encounters with employers and employees and experiences of workplaces.  For example, employee volunteers could deliver a session on event management, budgeting or marketing. GOSH could also offer students the opportunity to meet employees and explore jobs in the healthcare sector