School non-uniform day helps send student to Dublin

Kind-hearted students at Pool Academy took part in a non-uniform day to help raise money for charity.

Francesca, Year 11, was able to go to Dublin with her friends as part of CAPP’s (Cornwall Accessible Activities Program) Time2Shine programme thanks to successful fundraisers.


The group members, known as ‘Shiners’, were invited to be ambassadors at a conference in the Irish city attended by 1,500 learning disabilities nurses earlier this month (APRIL).  This gave members of the Time2Shine group an opportunity to help educate people about disability achievements. It was also a great work experience opportunity for the Shiners’ CVs.

Francesca was invited to perform a poem with a friend in front of delegates in the conference hall during the event. She also helped as a guide and sold merchandise while she was there.

Her mother, Annmarie, said: “Pool Academy held a non-uniform day to raise money for the Time2Shine group.

“The group went to a conference in Dublin and worked at Trinity College. It has all been very exciting. It was Francesca’s first time in Dublin. She has flown all over the world before but it was the first time flying for others in the group. It was a good experience for them.

“Francesca did a poem with a friend on the Friday. She had to go up on stage. It was amazing that she did this poem on stage as it was a big conference hall. She did really well.

 “She had a lovely time in Dublin.”

Francesca has completed a year in the Time2Shine project and attended a graduation ceremony at Tregenna Castle, St Ives, this month.

She has now agreed to help mentor new members starting the next Time2Shine course.