SMART CJS is delighted to have received a donation of £250 from the young people on the Priory Court and Lower Court wards of Priory Hospital, Roehampton. These wards care for young people with a wide range of mental health illnesses.
“As part of 2020 ‘Empathy Week’, the young people at Priory Hospital, Roehampton CAMHS wards decided to raise money to offer support to the homeless,” said Russell Cooper, headteacher of the school. They planned to paint and sell canvases by holding a large exhibition, but COVID-19 restrictions meant we had to rethink and get creative!
“Staff and students in our hospital school decided to hold an E-Auction, something we had not done before. The E-Auction was organised to raise money and awareness of the plight of the homeless and to highlight the care provided for them by the SMART Prebend Day Centre. Bringing everyone together, this fund-raising event allowed us to reach a large audience and to raise £250 for Centre.”
Pictured below is Russell Cooper, holding the SMART Prebend Centre ‘Thank You’ certificate.
Najat Ouadi, (CAMHS Teacher at Priory Hospital) said, “School work can be very challenging whilst young people are staying in hospital and art can be very therapeutic. Everyone really enjoyed the project and students got to feel good about doing something positive for people who need help. Conversations about the struggles homeless people face helped some of our young people to recognise and acknowledge the problems they are experiencing in their own lives.
“Students and staff at the hospital were delighted to receive a letter of thanks and a certificate from SMART CJS. The encouragement and recognition for raising money for the homeless has given us all a huge boost.”
The SMART CJS team would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the E-auction, especially the young people for their thoughtfulness, kindness and and imaginative fundraising.
Priory Hospital is an independent provider of mental health care in the UK and they are dedicated to helping people improve their mental health and well-being.
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