Year 11 Conquer the 24-Hour Charity Challenge


The last dance!!! – Congratulations to Year 11 on completing the #24HourChallenge!!!! ? ?

Dancing, cycling and rowing, non-stop for 24 hours! ✔️

Over £3,000 raised in total for Young Lives vs Cancer, Kidney Care UK and The Brain Tumour Charity, all of which have close personal ties with students/staff at Penrice ❤
Have a happy Easter everyone!! ?

You can view the video of Year 11’s final dance on our facebook page using the link below.

Views from Mr Potter

Mr Matthew Potter
Pastoral Support Mentor for Year 11

“They have all worked really hard. Thank you to every student for their dedication and for working tirelessly over the last 24 hours, being the best they can be.
The students are very very tired, but they have all had a really good time and have smiles on their faces. Well done everyone!”

Views from Kidney Care UK
Laura Toop, Community Fundraising Manager at Kidney Care UK said:

“What a fantastic achievement and to have raised over £3,000 for Kidney Care UK, Young Lives vs Cancer and Brain Tumour Charity is incredible. Your support makes a huge impact. Thanks to you, we will continue to be there for anyone that is struggling physically, mentally or financially.
Wishing you all a well-earned, relaxing Easter break.”


We’re super proud of our Year 11 students. It’s currently 9:30am and they have exactly 4 hours left to go. They are showing tremendous endurance, stamina and, most importantly, positivity!


Almost sunrise! Thumbs up ?


Entering the night shift! Thank you for all of your support on social media so far, it means so much to our Year 11 students!

We are Go!!

13:30!! Here we go! Cycling, rowing and dancing, non-stop for 24 hours!!!!

In the Build Up…

On Thursday 7 April, Year 11 will be taking on the traditional Penrice 24-Hour Charity Challenge. The event is a real test of each student’s endurance and stamina as they are required to take shifts cycling, rowing and dancing, non-stop for 24 hours.

This year’s event is in aid of three charities:

All of these three charities have played a key role in the lives of particular students and staff who are taking part in the 24-Hour Challenge and we look forward to raising as much money as possible for these worthy causes.

Mr Matthew Potter
Pastoral Support Mentor for Year 11

“It has been a number of years since we last held such an event at Penrice, so it’s certainly been a long time coming. We’ve all had a weird couple of years with so many of the usual yearly highlights cancelled or endlessly put back.
I very much share the students’ excitement about the Year 11 24-Hour Challenge and hope that together, with the students’ friends and family, we can raise a substantial amount for the three charities which have links with our year group.”

We look forward to following the students’ progress as they work through the night in this test of endurance and stamina.

Messages of Support from the Chosen Charities

Year 11 have also received some words of encouragement from the selected charities.

Stephanie Parker, Fundraising Events & Engagement Team Manager at Young Lives vs Cancer, said:

“By taking part in this exciting fundraising challenge pupils will be helping young cancer patients when they need it most. We hope everyone enjoys taking part and we can’t wait to hear how it all goes! Thanks to Penrice Academy we will be able to help even more children and young people find the strength to face everything cancer throws at them. Good luck to you all!”

Laura Toop, Community Fundraising Manager at Kidney Care UK added:

“Wishing all the incredible students and staff at Penrice Academy the very best of luck taking on this 24-Hour Challenge and raising vital funds and awareness for Kidney Care UK. The money raised will have a life changing impact on the kidney patients we support. We can’t thank them enough!”

Gina Almond, Director of Fundraising at The Brain Tumor Charity, said:

“We are grateful for all the efforts Penrice Academy students are putting into their fundraising and challenge. We thank you all for taking part in your 24 hour event – we hope you have a fantastic time and can’t wait to hear how you get on – good luck!”

About the Chosen Charities

Young Lives vs Cancer

Young Lives vs Cancer support everyone under 25 with cancer, and their families. Their mission is to ensure those with cancer will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond, including bereaved families living with emotional pain. An extract from the website reads:

“We know everyone’s different, so we work hard to make sure each family has what they need to get through cancer. It could be a financial grant for a parent struggling to keep their child warm through their treatment or for a young person who can’t afford to get to hospital. Or helping a family stay together at one of our free Homes from Home close to the hospital where their child is having treatment.”

Kidney Care UK

Kidney Care UK is the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity, providing practical, financial and emotional assistance for kidney patients and their families throughout the UK.

Kidney disease affects three million people in the UK. It is a lifelong condition that can impact anyone regardless of their age, gender, or race. The challenges and treatments kidney patients face are tough and relentless; there is no cure for kidney disease. Living with a chronic illness like kidney disease will have a huge impact on how you feel physically as well as your mental health and could also have an impact on how much you’re able to earn and how much money you have to live on and look after your family. Lots of people with kidney disease tell us that they don’t think there is enough awareness of the condition and how it can affect you; we exist because we believe that no one should face this alone. That’s why we are so grateful for the support of Penrice Academy.

The Brain Tumor Charity

The Brain Tumor Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options as well as raising awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis. The Charity also provides support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

Thank you for reading. If you would like to donate and are not in contact with one of our Year 11 fundraisers, please contact: Mr Matthew Potter via