Blayne has volunteered time and raised £1000 for homeless project

After being set a challenge by his teacher, a Year 7 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has spent time supporting local homeless people and has raised £1000 for a local homeless project.

In a recent PSHE lesson, Phoenix House student, Blayne-Roy Bennett along with his classmates were set the challenge to ‘Change the World’. After being set the challenge, and seeing people sleeping rough in Rugby, Blayne decided he wanted to help people less fortunate than himself in two ways.

Firstly, he spent a Saturday evening volunteering with ‘Help the Homeless - Rugby’s community-based project that offers rough sleepers and other vulnerable people in Rugby, fresh clothing and vegan food every week. Secondly, Blayne decided to raise funds for the project by completing a 5km run at Draycote Water for which he raised a staggering £722.50. The figure was then topped up to the £1000 mark by Mr Robinson’s Barbershop who host ‘Help the Homeless – Rugby’ and run the shelter from the business’s premises in Church Street, Rugby.

Gabrielle Vella, Teacher of PSHE, said “This term my Year 7 students are learning about global citizenship and discovering what it means to be a good citizen. To bring the topic to life, I decided to challenge the students to 'Change the World' in whatever way they can.”
Miss Vella added, “Some students have raised money for charities, some have written letters to the Government, some are personally doing different things to make others happy, another student is cutting her hair for the Little Princess Trust. They have all made me very proud, and it's amazing to see these children passionate about developing, and changing, the world.”
Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “It has been lovely to see and hear about these students wanting to make a difference to the world in which we live. There have been some excellent ideas, and lots of enthusiasm shown towards this challenge. It is clear that this is a project that Blayne feels passionate about and I believe his efforts will make a real difference to vulnerable people in the town. We are very proud of him and the other students who’ve stepped up to this challenge.”
Blayne’s mum said, “Both myself and Blayne’s step dad are just amazed by the donations people have made to sponsor Blayne, he is a amazing young man with a heart of gold and always puts others before himself. He’s already thinking of what he can do next to help others and we are literally bursting with pride.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Theresa Bale, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.