Harrogate schools hit right note for charity

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Schools from the Harrogate and Rural Teaching Alliance handed over money to two local charities after staging a concert.

And Stray FM’s Will Smith, who co-hosted the concert with Nick Hancock, was on hand to help with the presentation.

Now in its second successful year, the concert featured children from Killinghall CE Primary, Beckwithshaw Primary, Scotton Lingerfield Primary, Pannal Primary, Spofforth CE Primary, All Saints CE Primary, and Follifoot CE Primary.

The event this year raised over £2,900 which will be shared by Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People in Boston Spa and Saint Michael’s Hospice.

The funds for Saint Michael’s were for Just ‘B’ which offers bereavement and emotional wellbeing support.

Talking about the concert Headteacher of Killinghall CE Primary School Sarah Bassitt said: “All of the children taking part in this year’s concert should be very proud of their achievements.

“A heartfelt thank you goes to all who supported the event and helped to raise funds for these two worthy local causes.”

Boston Spa-based Martin House provides family-led care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The Grove Road-based facility supports over 420 families and 150 bereaved families across North, East and West Yorkshire.

Services include respite stays, sypmtom control, emergency, community and end of life care.

Alison Wragg, Community Fundraiser at Martin House said: “We are enormously grateful to all the children and staff for their hard work over the past months and their impressive performance on the night.

“Raising almost £1,500 for each charity is a fantastic achievement and all of the children involved should be proud that they have done so much to support other children and young people in their area.”

Harrogate-bsaed Saint Michael’s helps people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Just B currently provides one to one support, class, form or school-wide sessions.

Chief executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, said: “We would like to congratulate each and every one of the students and staff involved in this brilliant concert and amazing fundraising effort.

“Their support is helping us to be able to extend our bereavement support services further into the community, as well as develop a wider emotional wellbeing service for other children and young people across the district.

“The aim of this work is to support more children, young people and adults to live healthier and happier futures. The work Just ‘B’ is currently doing in schools throughout North Yorkshire is part of these efforts.”