Students at LEO Academy Trust schools have been working hard to make a positive impact on their communities in the pandemic. 

LEO Academy Trust, which serves more than 3,500 pupils across six primary schools in Sutton, say they've been finding ways for pupils to support the important work of various charities throughout the coronavirus crisis. 

Pupils across LEO raised an incredible £16,000 in support of St. Raphael’s Hospice on London Road, by taking part in sponsored runs across the schools in between lockdowns.

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The children have had opportunities to collect and deliver gifts for the centre in the past, and are very much looking forward to being able to do so again post-lockdown.

Pupils have also been raising money for Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden, which helps to support cancer patients and their loved ones, through initiatives such as sponsored non-uniform days.

Other charity partnerships include work with Age UK, Home-Start Sutton, PlayWise Learning CIC, and local care homes.

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Pupils and their families also supported a shoebox appeal, sending care packages filled with toys, educational supplies, hygiene items and more to children in need in Moldova. 

Phillip Hedger, CEO, LEO Academy Trust, said: “At LEO Academy Trust, we are committed to supporting today’s children to become the truly global citizens of tomorrow. 

"Supporting them to develop their empathy, curiosity and understanding of the people and world around them, and helping them to identify ways of helping people, no matter how young you are.

"We are incredibly proud of all the charity efforts across our schools and the children are proud of just how much of difference they are able to make.”