Wednesday, 18 July 2012
SCHOOL FUND-RAISERS RAISE OVER £10,000
Pupils at a North Tyneside School have raised an incredible £10,588 for north east cancer charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Last year, George Stephenson High School in Killingworth nominated the Foundation as its charity of the year and raised the money through a variety of fund-raising activities.
Alan Shearer, a Patron of the charity, sent a personal message of thanks and signed achievement certificates for pupils to recognise the school’s magnificent fund-raising efforts.
Alan says: “I was hugely impressed to hear about the commitment and enthusiasm both staff and pupils at George Stephenson High School showed towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“When Sir Bobby launched this charity back in 2008 he created something very special. Representing the Foundation as a Patron is something I take great pride in and never more so than when I hear about dedicated fund-raisers like this.
“To have raised this amount of money is an enormous achievement and everyone involved should be very proud of their efforts.”
Liz Luff from the Foundation collected the cheque and presented certificates to pupils who had been singled out as particularly committed to the fund-raising efforts.
Activities were undertaken throughout the year including supermarket bag packing, non-uniform days, sponsored games, tuck shops, raffles, cake sales, car washing, a fun run, golf day and a charity game-show night.
Head teacher, Ian Wilkinson, says raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was a very positive experience and one which the whole school are proud of.
He says: “We are very proud of our students raising so much money for a fantastic cause. It’s great that they are so willing to get involved and give up so much of their time in order to help others less fortunate than themselves.
“We really appreciate Alan sending a message of thanks and signing the certificates to recognise their achievement.”
Kelly Scott, aged 15 from Burradon, is one of the pupils who helped raise the money.
She says: “The whole school voted on the charity we wanted to support and I chose the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation because my aunt has cancer.
“Everyone was really enthusiastic about the fund-raising and the non-uniform days went down especially well. Probably because we sold cakes and sweets at break time.”