All eight schools who are part of Pontefract Academies Trust have received the totals that they have collectively raised for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and Motor Neurone Disease Association during the 2020-2021 academic year.
£10,252.10 had been raised for The Prince of Wales Hospice and £9,160.65 for Motor Neurone Disease. Both are incredible amounts that will make a positive difference to both charities.
The schools include the six primary schools Carleton Park Junior and Infant School, De Lacy Pontefract Primary School, Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Larks Hill Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School, The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant and Nursery School and two secondary schools, Carleton High School and The King’s School.
Rebecca Taylor, Community and Partnerships Fundraiser, said: “Pontefract Academies Trust has gone above and beyond to support the Hospice since our partnership began last September. We have seen the children and young people complete Reindeer Runs, non uniform days, bake sales, Superhero sprints as well as volunteering, all in an effort to raise vital funds for our Hospice. They are all an absolute credit to both your Trust and to their families”.
Jenn Dodd, Regional Fundraiser at MNDA said: “A huge thank you to the students at Pontefract Academies Trust who have raised an incredible amount for the MND Association over the last year inspired by Rob Burrow. It has been fantastic to see their colour runs, obstacle courses, non-uniform days and other creative fundraising ideas during this time. I am sure that the students enjoyed the final fundraiser watching their teachers put their feet in a bucket of ice for 92 seconds as the staff took part in Len Johnrose’s #IceFoot92 Challenge! The money raised will make a huge difference to people with MND, their families and carers. Everyone who took part should feel very proud of themselves for their outstanding efforts.”
Chief Executive Officer of Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said: “It is incredible that all eight of our schools have been able to come together to raise money for these two fantastic charities. Rugby league legend Rob Burrow has raised an incredible amount of awareness and funds for MNDA and we want to show our support to him and his family. The Prince of Wales Hospice has had an impact on many of our friends and families in Pontefract and will really benefit from our support.”
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. For more information please visit: https://www.mndassociation.org/
The Prince of Wales Hospice provides palliative care and support for patients with life limiting illnesses and their families. Each year they must raise £3million to keep their doors open. For more information please visit: https://www.pwh.org.uk/