Year 7 students and teachers at Albany Academy this week were proud to hand a cheque of £685 to Derian House children’s hospice. The Year 7 students at Albany had organised a Christmas fayre in December, which was attended by all members of the school community.
A wide range of stalls were available at the fayre including ‘Santa Bottle Flip’, ‘Guess how many Sweets in the Jar’, ‘Chocolate Tombola’, ‘Snowball the Teacher’, ‘Xmas Cup Pong’ and a lucky dip. 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, Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley Fitness, Chorley Council, Chorley Fitness, Morrisons, Bubble ‘N’ Shake and Euxton Park Golf Centre, who all donated a wide variety of prizes to give away. The Yarrow Bridge Pub were also extremely generous as they donated a £20 voucher that could be spent in their restaurant.
All funds raised were donated 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 came from their own fundraising efforts, and the generosity of the local community.
Community Fundraiser, John Rullo said “The whole school community at Albany Academy have again shown an incredible level of support to the children and families of Derian House. We can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and kindness.”
Head of Year 7, Shelley Birchall, who helped the Year 7 students coordinate the event, said “Once again the Year 7 students have astounded me with their team work, enthusiasm and application.”