Frightening Leeds primary school fancy dress fundraiser boosts charity

Pupil Adontaye Rawlins, 8, with his Halloween costume at Quarry Mount Primary School's fundraiser. Picture by Steve Riding.

Pupil Adontaye Rawlins, 8, with his Halloween costume at Quarry Mount Primary School's fundraiser. Picture by Steve Riding.

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Hundreds of ghoulish ghosts and mystical witches and wizards have taken part in a frightening fundraiser at a Leeds primary school.

Teachers and pupils donned fancy dress and took part in a series of fun Halloween-inspired events at Quarry Mount Primary School, in Woodhouse, yesterday.

Pupils and The Voice of Quarry Mount volunteer group at Quarry Mount Primary School in Halloween dress.

Pupils and The Voice of Quarry Mount volunteer group at Quarry Mount Primary School in Halloween dress.

Each youngster who joined in donated £1, while teachers gave £1.50 each in support of 96.3 Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity which supports thousands of young people across the region.

The Voice of Quarry Mount volunteer group organised the event in the hope that a pre-half term trick or treat for pupils would prove fruitful for charity, and it did, having raised more than £210.

Shirlena Grant, from the Voice of Quarry Mount, said: “Everyone’s dressed up in their spooky outfits – it’s proved a real success.

“I’m really happy with the fundraising total and pleased we can help the charity. The children are all excited as well because they are helping other children – they should all be very proud of themselves.”

The group also arranged an after-school event in which pupils indulged in spooky fun games and food following a presentation by Cash for Kids in a special Quarry Mount assembly.

Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our communities by offering grants to other organisations and local children and families in need. It supports children aged up to 18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

In Leeds and West Yorkshire, the charity partners with the YEP every year to raise awareness of its annual Mission Christmas toy appeal.

Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “The children looked amazing when we went down to see them, they put a lot of effort in.

“Their donation is much appreciated and will make a vital difference to needy young people across West Yorkshire.”

For further information visit www.radioaire.co.uk/charity.

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