Ormiston Park Academy grabs a grand for 'MIND'

Year ten students at Ormiston Park Academy smiled brightly as they clutched a £1000 cheque, won for the Grays Essex branch of mental health charity, 'MIND'.
Ormiston Park MIND photo

The cash prize came as the result of charity project, FirstGive, undertaken as part of their Citizenship studies.

Over the last six weeks students have researched local charities of their choice, meeting with charity members to learn more about their work and explore how funding could be used to help the local community. During the grand final students were required to deliver a presentation showcasing their findings. The winning group’s presentation included a student-made video exploring how young people my feel if experiencing mental health problems. The prize money will go towards creating a sensory garden at the Grays branch of MIND. 

MIND will not be the only charity to benefit as another student group scooped second prize, a cheque for £250, which will be donated to 'Upwards With Downs', a local charity working with people with Downs Syndrome. This will contribute to therapies and therapeutic activities for their service users.

Ormiston Park Academy student, Emily Walker, a member of the winning team, said:
"To win £1000 for MIND has been a huge pleasure. I am extremely proud of my team and the work we produced. I look forward to seeing how the money will help our charity."

Mo Imtiaz, an Ormiston Park Academy runner-up, said:
"The project really helped build my confidence, I’d be more motivated to speak in public after taking art in the FirstGive event."