Year 7 students and teachers at Albany Academy this week were proud to hand a cheque of £1155 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 Selfie’, ‘Guess the Name of the Teddy’, ‘Chocolate Tombola’, ‘Snowball the Teacher’, ‘Candy Cane Challenge’ and a lucky dip. The event was supported by a range of partners from the local community including, Frederick's Ice Cream Parlour, Morrisons, Urban Spa, The Spinners of Cowling and Yarrow Bridge Flaming Grill, who all donated a wide variety of prizes to give away.
All funds raised were donated to Derian House, a local charity which has been supported by Albany Academy for many years. 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, Susan Seddon, who received the cheque today, said “The whole school community, especially Year 7, 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 coordinated the event, added “Once again Year 7 have astounded me with their team work, enthusiasm and application. I’m very proud that we have raised twice as much as last year to support Derian House during their 25th anniversary. This event really showcases what Albany pupils and staff are all about.”