Ditch your uniform for the day was the message to staff and students of The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College as they invited everyone to don their own clothes for the day to raise money for the Youth Ministry Team.
The optional day, held on Friday 7th May, saw the majority of staff and students pay the suggested donation of £1 to have a day in their own clothes, raising a total of £1250 for the local charity.
Established in 1993, the Youth Ministry Team (YMT) have been helping young people from across the North East discover their own unique value and reach their full potential by communicating the Gospel using various creative methods.
In 2010, their home, the Emmaus Youth Village, which offers state of the art facilities and accommodation to support the holistic development of young people was opened in Consett by local celebrity duo Ant & Dec.
Anne Marie McKenna, Chaplain of the large secondary school and sixth form college based in Hartlepool said: “We have a long-standing tradition of working with and supporting our Diocesan Youth Ministry Team.“
“We are delighted to have been able to have a non-uniform day to help YMT and the re-opening of the Youth Village following the pandemic.”
“We very much look forward to being able to take students back up to the Youth Village soon and welcome YMT back into our school community.”
Retreats at the fantastic facility for students and staff are a regular occurrence each academic year at EMS, a part of school life which has been really missed during the past 18 months.
Tony Lawless, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese, welcomed the donation: “On behalf of all at YMT, we would like to thank English Martyrs for their fantastic fundraising efforts”
Alongside the main staff, gap year team members join annually and volunteer to give up a year of their time in service to the Church and the young people of our Diocese.
Hannah Bartlett, one of this year’s gap team members said: “YMT provides so many amazing opportunities to young people throughout the Diocese and fundraising efforts play a huge part in allowing this to happen.”
“It is a privilege to work alongside such supportive school communities and we can’t thank everyone at English Martyrs enough.”
If you would like to support YMT, please text YOUTH (+amount) to 70500. All donations will go to supporting the young people of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.