by Ayisha Khan
The Mayor of Barnet hosted a show at the Town Hall in honour of more than twenty schools in the borough who took part in a charity event.
Councillor Anthony Finn paid homage to 1,000 pupils from schools in Cockfosters, Mill Hill, Hendon, Barnet, Totteridge, Whetstone and Muswell Hill, who raised £10,000 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and Camp Simcha.
The ‘Town Hall Robes Show’ was an opportunity for the children to meet the Mayor and be presented with certificates to thank them for their participation in a ‘dress down day’ held last month, whereby they wore non-uniform and donated £1 to the two charities.
Lorraine Felding of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice said, “[The ‘dress down day’] was an initiative on behalf of the Mayor to engage with the schools so that it would build awareness, and we felt it’s a very powerful message when children are helping other children.
“It was a fun way of doing it – one particular school dressed in an animal theme.” Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet raised the money for a community fund that supports life-limited children and their families within the borough.
Neville Goldschneider of Camp Simcha said, “It was a very inclusive kind of thing to do – a ‘dress down day’ is quite a simple idea and it’s nice that all the children could take part in it very easily.
“Seeing that the funds have clearly come from children from all different backgrounds within the borough, we thought that that was a really nice way to use the money.” Camp Simcha has a project that sends balloons, clowns and toys to children in hospitals regardless of religion and background.
Cllr Anthony Finn added, “One’s got to be grateful for the kids taking part and to encourage [them] to do future activities not just in this charity but in other charities.”