Wetherby High students raise over £2,600 in aid of St Gemma's Hospice

More than £2,600 will be going to support vital work caring for people with life-threatening illnesses, thanks to the fundraising efforts of students at Wetherby High School. As part of the Go Purple Campaign for St Gemma’s Hospice, the school held a phenomenally successful Go Purple Day, which included a sponsored run, cake sale, wearing purple, and a special lunch. And after a final count of all the money raised, students are thrilled to be able to hand over a cheque for a massive £2,668.36. Wetherby High School headteacher Lucie Lakin said: “We are delighted to see the community spirit and civic responsibility of our students demonstrated in this way. “The day was a superb occasion in the glorious sunshine with staff and students working together to raise money for such a worthy and local cause. “The fact that the event was both conceived and led by the students is a source of enormous pride for us and we thank all the staff, families and children who have contributed to make this such a fantastic and worthwhile event.” The students had a lot of input into organizing the day, especially four Year 7 children Mia Hughes, Alice Garth-Cameron, Emaan Balal, and Hannah Kendrick, who came up with the idea for a charity run. The girls said: “We didn’t know it would raise this much, we just wanted to do something nice for charity. “We are overwhelmed at the turnout and thankful to all that took part, and more so for those who do wonderful work every day for St Gemma’s.” Hannah said: “St Gemma’s is a fantastic way of helping families cope with difficult times and we are glad that we can help it get even better,” and Alice added: “St Gemma’s is an outstanding charity and we hope all the money we have raised helps it progress even further.” Mia said: “I’m so happy that we raised over £2,600 for St Gemma’s”, and Emaan said: “We are really happy that all the money we have raised is going to such an amazing cause.” On the day itself, 170 students from Year 7 to Year 9 ran either one, two, or three miles around and outside the school grounds, raising cash through sponsors. Adding that to cake sales, online donations, and the total from the £1 to wear purple and 20p to have a Nando’s lunch, the school smashed through all expectations. Head of Robinson House, which organised the Go Purple Day, Ruth Nash said: “I am totally gobsmacked and I’m really impressed by our wonderful students who are so willing to give.” Everything raised by Wetherby High School will help support the quality of life care provided by St Gemma’s Hospice for local people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Fundraiser at St Gemma’s, Tara Bean, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Wetherby High School for their fantastic support of St Gemma’s Hospice. “They really embraced our Go Purple campaign and raised a tremendous total to support the vital work of the hospice. “Every penny raised will be used to benefit the thousands of patients and families that we support each year.”

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