Year 7 pupils and teachers at Albany Academy this week were proud to hand a cheque of £695 to Derian House children’s hospice.
The Year 7 students at Albany had organised a Christmas fair in December, which was attended by all members of the school community.
A wide range of stalls were available at the fair including ‘Play your Christmas Cards Right’, ‘Pin the Nose on the Snowman’ and ‘Snowball the Teacher’. The event was supported by a range of partners from the local community including, Ebb and Flow book shop, the Co-operative Food Store in Adlington, Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley Fitness, Chorley Council, Morrison’s, Lancashire Ice, Dan Birchall Building and Landscaping, Birchall Building Services LTD, Bubble ‘N’ Shake and Euxton Park Golf Centre who all donated a wide variety of prizes to give away. The Spinners Arms at Cowling were also extremely generous as they donated a £25 voucher that could be spent in their award winning restaurant.
All funds raised were dontated to Derian House, a local charity which has been supported by Albany Academy for many years.
Derian House Children’s Hospice is a charity that supports young people and their families every year. The charity currently supports over 300 families with children that have life shortening illnesses as well as further 200 families who receive bereavement support. The cost of providing this high level of care and support was in excess of £3 million last year and in the absence of any significant statutory funding, most of that money come from their own fundraising efforts, and the generosity of the local community.
Shelley Birchall, Head of Year 7, said, “This years Christmas fair has been the best one yet. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of money we have been able to raise. I am so proud of Year 7 and the way they have risen to this challenge.”
John Rullo from Derian House, said, “On behalf of Derian House, I would like to thank the Year 7 students at Albany for their fantastic work raising money for Derian House. The money will be used to provide funding for respite care. This money will help support families when they need it the most.”