Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019


A massive thank you to everyone who helped raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research on Friday. The House teams got together and a combined total we raised £377.74.


A huge thank you to Miss Katrina Whincup who donated this fabulous cake to raise money for Macmillan. The lucky winner was Mrs Sharp.


Break time seemed to have a real buzz about it once again! Enjoy a selection of photographs below..


Hike completed


Just before Christmas last year we had the devastating news that my Mam had pancreatic cancer. We had so many questions we wanted answering and we were at a loss as to what to do. Many google searches and hospital visits later we kept coming across Macmillan and their support in those early days after the diagnosis was invaluable. I felt that I wanted to do something to help my mam fight this awful disease but I didn’t know what. I saw an advert for the Macmillan Mighty Hikes come up on my Facebook feed and thought that I quite fancied that. I asked about to see if anyone would do it with me and finally I found my walking partner Chris Marshall. We signed up on a cold February day, pledged to raise £250 each and we were off. We were set to walk 26 miles in the Peak District on July 27th.


Training started in the Easter holidays and we had about 20 weeks to build up our stamina from that first 4 mile walk. I was very confident when I signed up……. After the first training walk I wondered how on Earth I was going to turn 4 miles into 26 miles. My feet hurt, my hips hurt and it rained!

Rain turned out to be a feature of many of our walks. The money spent on my waterproof was well and truly worth it. We have seen some great sights on our walks, been in some lovely cafes and pubs and had some really relaxing, mind clearing Saturday mornings. I have really got the walking bug and had no idea that there was so many great places to visit just outside of Hull.


Our fundraising started off well, there are not any people who have not been touched by cancer in one form or another and people were incredibly generous. At school the House teams pledged their support and they came up with the fantastic idea of selling ice lollies and ice pops in the Summer term. We set up shop on a break and lunch and the pupils loved the treats. We set up a stall at the Summer Fayre and at sports day and the money just kept coming in. The academy staff and pupils were very generous and very supportive of our fundraising. As we left for the Summer we had raised over £3000.

After a blistering heatwave at the end of July we set off to the Peak District to do the walk. The heatwave didn’t affect us because it rained! For 18 out of the 27 ( it was longer than they said it was ) miles it was torrential rain. It didn’t stop us though. Over 2500 people set out on the mighty hike that morning, all with their own reasons and stories to share.


The walk was a fantastic experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it despite the weather conditions and the mud. After 9 hours and 34 minutes we crossed the finish line in positions 269 and 270. We were chuffed to bits with that.

I would love to do another and I’m still enjoying the walks in our local area.

The final total raised was £3581.89. Thanks for your support- it is very much appreciated.

This year we will be fundraising for Dover House Hospice and Team WHA will be completing the Dove House Wine Dash Saturday 13th June 2020. We will be setting up the ice cream shop again in the Summer and will have other fundraising events through the year. If you are interested in joining the team in June please contact me at the school.


…and the results are in!!


A massive thank you to everyone who helped raise £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.


Congratulations to Team Sudtone who are yet again undefeated champions of this House competition!

  • 5th: Riseholme – 100 House points

  • 4th: Wawne – 200 House points

  • 3rd: Hedoncrofte – 300 House points

  • 2nd: Sefholme – 400 House points

  • 1st: Sudtone – 500 House points


A huge thank you to Miss Katrina Whincup (her daughter use to attend WHA) who donated this fabulous cake to raise money for Macmillan. The lucky winner was Miss Kermeen!!

Break time seemed to have a real buzz about it once again! Enjoy a selection of photographs below.


Super Proud


Team Sudtone are super proud of Georgina for braving the shave in August, such a wonderful charity to support!  We look forward to seeing you in September, please offer Georgina your support by following the link below.

This is really important to me because my granddad had cancer and when I found out it really upset me, then when I found out that he had beat it I was over the moon however, it saddened me that some people only get the bad news and are still in wait for the good. Also I would be really excited to give somebody else my hair as a wig especially through their difficult times.”
— Georgina

Easter Egg Appeal


Dove House Hospice has a total yearly running cost of 7.5M and is funded for the equivalent of just 37 days per year.  This year the hospice hopes the Easter Egg Appeal will raise in excess of £8,000.

Back in April the Hedoncrofte team raised £100 for the Easter Egg Appeal raffling off a 1 kg luxury chocolate egg which was won by Mrs Madeley. 


Team Hedoncrofte have their next event lined up...the World Cup Sweep Stake! Mrs Dusher has drawn out Australia whilst Mr Fernie has only gone and pulled out England. Mrs Dusher said "I doubt very much that I'll be lifting the cup, but the entertainment value has been priceless."


A true inspiration


A huge congratulations to Kara a year 7 pupil from Hedoncrofte House here at Winifred Holtby Academy.

Since the age of 8 Kara has wanted and planned to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Trust, a charity she is very passionate about, by shaving her head. On the Friday 25th May she finally made this a reality and not only did she raise £2,500 to date for Macmillan, she also donated 18cm of her hair to make a wig for a child to ‘Little Princess Trust’ charity.

I am so proud to be the tutor of a very brave young person who has been completely selfless in shaving her hair off for the sake of helping other people get through the most difficult of times. You epitomise everything that our tutor group is trying to be about which is to a kind, selfless human being who are considerate of other people, particularly in difficult circumstances, and I feel immensely proud and so should you! You set the example for everyone in the Academy to make their own mark on society in a really positive way! Finally, the amount of money you have raised by yourself through sheer confidence, drive and determination is outstanding! Well done- I really hope that you continue to make a positive impact on the Academy and society as a whole- I’m sure you will!

A very proud tutor!”
— Mr Anderson

Kara is an inspiration to us all and has now signed up to participate in the ‘Humber Bridge Run’ in fancy dress to raise money for the charity ‘Nice to be Nice’. She said “anyone can come along and walk, jog or run the event, which takes place on the 24th June 2018”.

A wonderful initiative


Hedoncrofte pupil Kara will be shaving her head tomorrow to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Charity.

So far she has risen over £1,000 and she expects that to raise even more. Winifred Holtby are very proud of what she is doing, congratulations Kara you are on your way to doing something great and you’ve made us all so proud. After half term we will let you know how much Kara has risen for such a great cause.

Kara currently plays for Hull Kingston Rovers under 12's girls team and caught up with first team player and Macmillan ambassador Andrew Heffernan who said: “People think rugby players are brave, meeting Kara and hearing her reasons for putting herself out there in order to raise funds for the good of others, that is bravery. Join me in donating as a show of support for what is a wonderful initiative.

Good luck Kara, you’re an extremely brave and an incredible young lady to have raised money in such a confident way! Best of luck from the Hedoncrofte House Team!’’
— Team Hedoncrofte

'Eggcellent’ surprise


Last term was a busy term for Wawne House as our charity fundraising peaked with an Easter bonanza – raising money for our House charity ‘Yorkshire Air Ambulance’.

 The charity is purely funded through charity donations and fundraising and they work tirelessly to save lives across our region. Before the Easter holidays, Wawne House pupils were busy selling an array of knitted Easter chicks filled with an ‘eggcellent’ surprise! The fundraising was coordinated by Vice Principal and Wawne House staff member, Mrs Farmer – who was supported by Mrs Farmer Senior who kindly knitted the Easter chicks.  As ever, a superb team effort and we raised a staggering £288.87 which will help them Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a lifesaving mission. Well done all!


Happy Easter


It was great to see Mr Bunn back in the Academy yesterday helping out Team Riseholmes Bake Sale. All proceeds will be going to their House charity 'The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.


Also a big thank you for supporting the Easter stall in aid of Team Sudtones House charity MIND.


The number has been drawn for this fantastic, 1 kg luxury chocolate egg. And the winner is...MRS MADELEY. Congratulations to you, and thank you all for your support. £100 raised for Dove House Hospice - Hedoncrofte Team

Happy Easter - enjoy the holidays.

Shirts For Africa!


Thanks to everyone who donated shirts, we have now got fifty shirts to take over to Sierra Leone! The kids are going to be so grateful! I am going to combine this with loads of art supplies and keep you all informed of the week.

You can still donate any Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC and Hull City shirts and shorts to Mr O’Mara to take over to Africa. He will be going over to our partnering school – Albert Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone to do some work inside the school as part of a British Arts Exchange.


Parcels have been delivered to the elderly and homeless


A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas food hamper collection; we couldn’t have done it without the help of our pupils and their families.

Parcels have been delivered to the elderly and homeless in our local community in the hope that it would make their Christmas a little more festive.

Well done to Team Riseholme who won the House Christmas Box Challenge.


Hull Charity Project Hotdog


The pupils in the Hub have spent the last few weeks preparing for their Christmas Stall. They have raised a whopping £305 which will be used to provide warm clothing for the homeless via the Hull charity Project Hotdog.

And our winner is...


Congratulations to Mr Stallard and Team Sefholme for winning ‘Movember’

The following places are as follows:

  • 1st place: Mr Stallard – Sefholme  
  • 2nd Place: Mr Moore – Hedoncrofte
  • 3rd place: Mr Nassau and Mr Whitton – Wawne and Riseholme
  • 4th Place: Mr Richardson and Mr Styles – Sudtone and Sefholme

Many thanks to all that took part – we raised a total of £300 for Prostate and Testicular Cancer.


Hair Raising Movember!


After growing a moustache for the Movemeber Cancer Charity, Mr Stallard decided to go the extra step.

Having challenged his Yr11 class to make a single donation of £30 he promised he would dye his tash blue. This class said this ‘wouldn’t be a problem’. As a throw away comment he then promised them that if they donated £50 he would shave his lovely locks...24 hours later £50 was produced and Mr Stallard’s hair was to be no more.

A great effort from Steven (Yr11 pupil) helped raise a tremendous amount for the cause – he rallied other pupils, and some willing staff, to give that little bit extra to see Stallard lose his iconic ginger hair.

A massive thank you has to go to all involved in raising money for the Male Cancer Charity: Mr Moore, Mr Whitton, Mr Richardson, Mr Styles and Mr Nassau (and possibly Mr Bridgeman [who could tell though]).

During Tutor time today the pupils will be voting for who has the silliest tash! 

You can watch Mr Stallard having his hair shaved off, after his pupils managed to raise money for the Movember Foundation.

Please, if you can, donate here:



Hilary Edmondson from Hull Rotary has visited the Academy this morning to pick-up and deliver the 268 pairs of socks that we have donated to Dock House Hull – the homeless shelter. With the obvious drop in temperatures this week we thought its a must to get them there.


Dock House are currently taking 13/14 homeless people off the streets every night during this treacherous time of year – so hopefully our sock donation will help keep these people warm over the winter months.  We would like to thank everyone who took part in this charitable event and a huge congratulations to Riseholme for donating 166 pairs in total!


The results are in...


A huge thank you to everyone who has helped raise so much money for this fantastic cause.

Congratulations to Team Sudtone for the second year running – I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t won having seen the size of your cake!


And with regret – a massive Congratulations to Mrs Pittaway and Team food for smashing Team PE with a huge total of £221.17 (If I knew about the Michelin star beforehand – I may have had a re-think).

The lucky winner of the Wawne House Malteser cake is Sefholme pupil Liam – the last raffle ticket bought! The cake raised £47 and went towards Wawnes total and congratulations to Mrs Preistman who won the Sudtone cake raffle which raised £54.


The final totals are shown below, I would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for Friday’s efforts! I thought it looked brilliant as always.”
— Miss Mennell