A group of Sixth Formers in Stockport Grammar School this Valentine’s Day sold roses to their cohort, with all profits going to the British Heart Foundation. Students were given the opportunity to send anonymous notes along with a rose to another pupil in the school, and it was delivered later in the week. Being pupil lead, it was encouraging to see profits of £175 go to such a good cause. The British Heart Foundation are a well-known charitable organisation that funds research into heart-related illnesses, which affects 1 in 4 of us in our lifetimes.

One of the main students involved, Magda Zelazny had this to say, “On a holiday all about love, It is important to remember to spread love to everyone, not just those closest to us, and this project was just our way of doing that. I’m incredibly proud of the team and of our school community for responding so positively, allowing us to raise the impressive sum we did.” This heartwarming project was completed in the last week of the term and carried a message of love and friendship - hence the name PALentines. We could all benefit from taking this message into our lives, especially with the conflicts that we see on a global scale.

Valentine's Day marks the beginning of spring, even though it may still be snowing in the Peak District. It is a time to express affection and new beginnings, which certainly benefits local florists and chocolatiers as we search for gifts for our loved ones. According to Zumuku, a popular sushi restaurant in Wilmslow, Valentine's Day can be even busier than New Year's Eve! It's great to see how this celebration can bring economic prosperity to our local community.

If you are looking to make a difference this Valentine's Day, numerous incredible charities would appreciate your support. Charities like the Together Trust, which supports vulnerable adults and children in the Stockport area, and The Proud Trust, which is behind Manchester's LGBTQ+ hub, are just a few examples. With so many gifts being bought for little restaurant dinners this Valentine’s, we could all take a leaf out of Amnesty +’s book and give back to our communities on this special holiday.