Can you help to celebrate 10 years of the Kyle Asquith Foundation?

Having raised £1,547 before the Easter holidays for the Kyle Asquith Foundation, Cockburn School are now focussed on their next round of fundraising to mark the 10 year anniversary of the charity.

Big Summer Raffle!

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the Kyle Asquith Foundation, the charity is planning a big summer raffle to take place in July. Local businesses as well as staff, families and students from the school are being asked to donate raffle prizes.

These could range from sweets and chocolate to make hampers, to experiences of offers from businesses.

  • Could a local pizza takeaway donate a family meal deal?
  • Could a local spa or nail bar donate a top set of nails?
  • Or a fresh trim from a local barber?
  • A car clean and valet?
  • Perhaps a shop at the White Rose Centre can donate some vouchers?

If you can support and offer anything for the raffle please go to the website and complete an online form to donate prizes:

Details of how to buy tickets for the raffle will be reported here in the next few weeks.

As well as the raffle, the school will host an event to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the charity. They plan to invite members of Kyle’s family and his close friends as well as all of the students and staff from the school.

There will be readings, songs before a memorable closing to the event – more to come on this!

As we reported previously, the charity was set up to commemorate the death of student Kyle Asquith, who passed away following a fatal brain haemorrhage. His organs were donated and they saved the lives of five people.

After the 15-year-old’s tragic death, students and staff at Cockburn School launched a series of special fund-raising events in his memory, with the aim of raising £5,000 to support the NHS Blood and Transplant Trust Fund and other local charities.

The Kyle Asquith Foundation has continued to raise funds to support local charities and the children of South Leeds. Since then, the charity has raised well over £40,000 and the school continues to raise funds and the awareness of organ donation.

As well as donating to other charities, funds raised go to support Cockburn School students in achieving things that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.

Such donations have allowed students to travel to Italy and France, buy musical instruments and IT equipment or travel to be part of national events. The charity works to support such students and remove barriers caused by the current economical challenges.

The art department came up with a whole school challenge to create a design for a tote bag. Lyla J in Year 10 and Poppy M in Year 8 were the proud winners. The bags are being printed in school and sold for £3.50 and all profits go to the charity. Angus Smith, Assistant Headteacher and trustee of the charity said

“The tote bag design is excellent. Lyla and Poppy have captured the spirit of the charity. We are very proud of them.”

If you wish to contribute to The Kyle Asquith Foundation, please contact the school at and title the email ‘Kyle Asquith’.

They also have a JustGiving site and you can make donations online at


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn School

Photo: Tote bag winning design – Congratulations to Lyla J in Year 10 and Poppy M in Year 8 pictured with Head of School, Rob Dixon


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