City of Norwich School

Students aim to raise thousands for local charities

CNS students aim to raise thousands for Nelson’s Journey, Norwich Open Christmas and MIND.

The CNS community is raising money for two local charities and one national charity this year, all chosen by the students.

The school council has selected Nelson’s Journey, Mind and Norwich Open Christmas to benefit from money raised during Charities Week.

It’s good we get to select the charities ourselves, this year we have tried to make the impact personal and relevant to student at CNS.”               Y11 student.

 Charities Week is now an established tradition at CNS, celebrated just before the Christmas holidays. Students really look forward to it;

Charities Week is an excellent tradition, it’s something that we tell our siblings about, everyone looks forward to it and if we didn’t have it, it would take away from the whole CNS experience.”             Y11 student.

 Preceding charities week, students learn about the top 10 reasons to give to charity through a series of assemblies.

It’s great timing, Charities Week is about helping others and really getting into the Christmas spirit of giving.”                          Y11 student.

 Activities include ‘CNS has got talent,’ ‘Sixth Form University Challenge’ ‘I’m a Teacher, get me out of here’ and various fundraising events including raffles, cake stalls and a Christmas jumper day.

Last year, the CNS community including staff, students, families and local businesses raised £3772 which was split between three charities.


Open Christmas Norwich is for anyone who is alone or homeless on Christmas Day. It’s completely free for all those attending and run by a team of volunteers. There is no charge for Christmas lunch or tea, or any entertainment including music and bingo.

Nelson’s Journey is a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk.

MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.




 Pictures: Mr.Watts (Charities Organiser) and the student co-ordinators.