BSCS Students go the extra mile to help others: Billy

Billy is a Post 16 student in his final year at BSCS. He began volunteering for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal when he was just 5 years old and has continued to do so ever since. 

Having learned of the impact the poppy appeal has on serving men and women, and veterans, Billy set himself a target of beating what he has raised each year. In his first year he collected £75 by collecting in his street and this grew to over £3,600 last year, involving collections at Cribbs Causeway and local schools. Billy started organising the poppy collections at BSCS since joining in year 7 and also has helped to organise our WW1 centenary events this year.

Earlier this year, after local Poppy Appeal organisers decided to retire, Billy volunteered to take on the organisation for both the Almondsbury and Patchway Poppy Appeals, making him the youngest Poppy Appeal Organiser in the country! This involved delivering poppy boxes to many shops, pubs etc. and organising the Poppy collections at the Mall and three local supermarkets.

In order to get enough volunteers to run the 4 poppy stands all day for two weeks, Billy used various campaigns on social media and in local community magazines which had loads of responses from some very kind people!

This year, Billy has been responsible for raising a massive £40,000+ for the Poppy appeal, a far greater figure than he’d ever thought he could achieve when he started many years ago.

Here at BSCS we are incredibly proud of Billy for all of his voluntary work and fundraising in the community.  Billy typifies the attitude of our students which is to think about others who are less fortunate than themselves. 

Well done Billy!

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