Penrice Bag Pack for Invictus

On Monday 20th February, the Penrice Academy Council spent the day at Tesco in St Austell, raising awareness for The Invictus Trust, our chosen local charity for this academic year.

The Academy Council, led by Head Boy Gabe Connolly and Head Girl Natalie Pramuk, have already raised hundreds for the charity through selling T-Shirts and merchandise, running cake sales at school and through a non-uniform day. However the team were keen to take the fundraising to the public.

Natalie said: “This is such an important charity for the school to support and everyone has been so generous in our school community. It was so nice to receive support too from the public, to hear stories from people in Tesco with family who have benefited already, and for them to donate so generously.”

The Invictus Trust is run by the Cowburn family and has a simple aim: to raise awareness and offer local services to support young people experiencing mental health issues.

Gabe explained: “At Penrice, we understand how fundamental these services are for supporting young people with mental health problems. This year the council is committed to raising as much money as we can to help fund a new facility in Cornwall that provides local care for young people experiencing mental health problems.”

Mrs Stevens said: “Everyone has mental health and everyone deals with problems in their own different ways – but everyone needs support. We’re working hard with The Invictus Trust to break these barriers when it comes to mental health.”

From just a few hours of packing bags, collecting donations and speaking with the public, the Academy Council raised £166.29 for the charity.

Mrs Stevens continued: “One again I could not be more proud of how our Council conducted themselves; speaking confidently and proudly to the public about the charity – all while being a great help on the checkouts!”

Thank you to Tesco Holmbush for having us for the day.

Read more about the Academy Council here

Read more about The Invictus Trust here