Dress Down Day Supporting Calderdale SmartMove

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On Friday 15 February, the day after Valentine’s Day, 11 schools from around the borough will be taking part in a dress down day Smartmove are calling ‘Share Some Love’. They would love it if businesses and individuals around Calderdale would join in.

The aim of the initiative is to raise the awareness of the acute issue of homelessness. The objective is to support those either homeless or vulnerably housed across Calderdale, the most disadvantaged across our Borough.

Martin Moorman, Head Teacher of Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is the mastermind behind this event. Martin had this to say: “I believe that collectively we could make a very strong local statement. Most importantly a great local cause benefits significantly for no real effort.”

“Through the most simple of actions, we can make a huge difference to the 180+ clients that SmartMove support in Calderdale. We can’t necessarily solve all their problems, but our communities can tell them that we care and ‘Share some love’ on the day after Valentine’s Day.”

Students will pay £1 for the privilege of no uniform and all proceeds will go to Calderdale SmartMove. We would love it if individuals within businesses and Calderdale would do the same.

Throughout the day on the 15th Feb we will be posting on social media using the hashtag #ShareSomeLove please feel free to join in on this hashtag. A great chance to talk with the local community and share your involvement in the cause.

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Who’s already involved
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Here’s a list of schools that are already participating in this amazing event:
• William Henry Smith
• Crossley Heath
• Calderdale College
• The Calderdale Pupil Referral Unit
• Ryburn Valley High School
• Copley Primary
• St Chads Primary
• Ripponden Junior and Infant
• Ravenscliffe High School
• Brighouse High
• Christ Church Pellon Primary

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How this will help
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Homelessness is an ever increasing issue and is openly visible to anyone walking down any city or town street. Calderdale SmartMove has an extensive track record of helping vulnerable groups across the borough with 96% of clients maintaining their tenancy.

SmartMove need to generate £100,000 over the next 12 months from charitable activities just to maintain and continue to support their existing work.

Here’s how your money helps:
• A £10 donation can buy a sleeping bag.
• A £10 donation can buy two pillows.
• A £20 donation can buy a toaster and kettle.
• A £35 donation can buy a microwave.
• A £400 donation can buy a bond for a 2 bedroom property.
• A £1,000 donation can buy 20 emergency starter packs including basic food, personal hygiene packs and the basics.
It would be amazing to get as many schools, businesses and individuals involved in this borough-wide event as possible. We want to share some love with as many people as possible! Thank you for your continued support of Calderdale SmartMove.

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Get involved
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If you require more information about this event please give us a call on 01422 361515 and ask for Dom Furby or Stuart Rumney or reply to this email and we’d be happy to assist with any questions or queries you may have.

If you would like to take part simply let your colleagues/friends know about the event, start posting on social media with the hashtag #ShareSomeLove and the day after donate your collection to Calderdale SmartMove using this link.