Students at St Edward’s School, Romford, to ‘change lives’ by supporting local charities

Students at St Edward's School with the founder of The Dream Factory Avril Mills

Students at St Edward's School with the founder of The Dream Factory Avril Mills - Credit: St Edwards School

Students will help children and young adults with life threatening conditions and severe disabilities make their dreams come true.

Youngsters at St Edward’s School and Sixth Form College, London Road, Romford, will be holding events to raise money for The Dream Factory, a charity based in Hainault.

This comes after each of the five colleges that make up the school chose a local charity “to support and engage,” in the words of

deputy headteacher David Torn.

Young people in Mars College will help people from three to 25-years-old achieve their dreams by raising money for The Dream Factory.


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In Jupiter College, students will back Blesma, a charity located in Chadwell Heath, which supports limbless veterans while Neptune College youngsters will team-up with the Collier Row foodbank.

Mr Torn told the Recorder: “We are passionate that the students recognise what they can offer to society, to the local community. Education is not just about grades but about who students can become.

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“We want students to be humbled and understand that the purpose of education is to change lives.”

Students in each colleges will not only hold regular fundraising events but they will also engage and visit the different charities they are supporting.

Founder of The Dream Factory Avril Mills visited the school last week and told the students about how she started the charity following the death of her young son Oliver of leukaemia.

Year 7 student Omolola Osinowd said: “I think the charity is really good. It’s perfect what they are doing to make people happy.”

Miss Mills said: “Everyone at The Dream Factory is delighted that St Edward’s School has decided to support us. It is great that young people will be raising money to benefit other young people.

“The Dream Factory has so far granted more than 380 dreams but we have many more dream requests and these can only be granted with the continued support and fundraising efforts and we look forward to working with the students and staff in the future.”

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