November 21, 2022

LOROS Ambassadors

Through Beauchamp City Sixth Form's extensive extracurricular programme, we aim to develop our students' resilience, independence and citizenship. To this end, we were pleased to launch additional new activities this term, including the option to become a LOROS Ambassador. 

LOROS is a hospice which supports patients and their families with palliative, and end of life care. Given that this charity serves our Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland community, we felt that working alongside them to fundraise for their cause would impact the lives of people right on our doorstep. 

Students were invited to become a LOROS Ambassador during an assembly at the start of term, and the opportunity was incredibly popular! Their aim was to organise a fundraising event to coincide with Leicester Giving Day, with proceeds going directly to LOROS. The challenge was to organise this independently, in a mere four weeks. Of course, not everything could happen in school so students were encouraged to think of other scenarios where they could raise money. There have been sponsored walks, book sales, FIFA tournaments, to name a few. It is also important to note those who have donated prizes to a raffle, including: Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, John Lewis, Las Iguanas, Turtle Bay and Curry's PC World. 

Students also had the opportunity to visit the hospice near Glenfield and see the reality of hospice care for themselves. It's safe to say they were surprised at the vitality, energy and busy-ness of the hospice. Many of the students are aspiring medics and were really interested in the complementary therapies that were available through the hospice. For example, on a rainy afternoon, our tour began in the garden where there was a polytunnel for gardening, and followed round to the music stations underneath an ancient tree. There were a lot of questions about the emotional support that the hospice offers patients and families who are facing a terminal diagnosis, and the holistic wraparound care that they can provide.  

We'd like to thank the staff at LOROS for organising these visits and for being so welcoming to us. 

We know we already have a total of over £500 but the grand total will be announced in January when all the events have taken place and the final amount has been calculated. We will be holding a final meeting of the Ambassadors on Monday 23rd January which promises to be a real celebration; not just of the monies raised, but of the resourceful and resilient character of our students.