Pupils’ boost for charity

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Students at a Pudsey school have helped to raise more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The Fulneck School pupils unanimously voted to name the organisation, whose aim is helping the people of Yorkshire “avoid, survive and cope with cancer”, as its nominated charity of the year.

Year 13 student Niamh Davis, who sits on the school’s charity committee, helped to organise a variety of events in which all pupils could play a part.

These included non-uniform days, tuck shops, raffles, a coffee morning, Easter egg decorating, a Christmas cinema event and a Christmas jumper day.

In a special assembly the 17-year-old student announced that the total raised to date was £2,524.56.

Fulneck School vice principal David Newman said that “charity is one of our core values at Fulneck School,” and it was “undeniable that the students have certainly proved just that.”

Yorkshire Cancer Research regional fundraiser Stephanie Jones was at the assembly to receive the cheque on behalf of the charity.

Miss Jones said: “Each week 565 people in Yorkshire are diagnosed with cancer, which is a significant and shocking statistic.

“We are very grateful to the Fulneck School charity committee for nominating us and all the pupils who arranged an array for activities. What you have achieved will hopefully start to change cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.”

Yorkshire Cancer Research’s goal is to ensure that by 2025, at least 2,000 more people in the region survive cancer every year.

Fulneck School is a historic independent school for children aged three to 18 years old.