Schoolgirls’ grand effort for hospice

Aimee Wright, Lucy Monk, Helenswood headteacher, and Erin Burt.
Aimee Wright, Lucy Monk, Helenswood headteacher, and Erin Burt.

A SCHOOLGIRL and her friend raised more than £1,000 by organising a fundraising day at their school for a children’s hospice.

Aimee Wright, who is 14, and 13-year-old Erin Burt, both attend Helenswood and held the event on Friday for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Aimee’s 15-year-old brother Jordan, who goes to The St Leonards Academy, is wheelchair bound and receives care and support from the charity, as he has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

The condition is genetic and affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. It starts in childhood and may be noticed when a child has difficulty standing up, climbing or running. It usually affects only boys.

Both Aimee and Erin challenged the whole of the Lower School to raise as much cash as possible. Each student paid £1 and events on the day included cake sales, a talent show, which involved staff and students, henna tattoos, and the opportunity to buy a red balloon and write their message on it.

At the end of the day 100 balloons were released outside in the school grounds.

The day’s fundraising netted £998.27 in total but Helenswood is still running a raffle in aid of the Demelza charity, so the final amount is expected to top £1,000.

Aimee’s mum, Sarah, of Thomas Brassey Close, St Leonards, said her daughter organised a similar event last year at Helenswood for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

She said: “Aimee also did a presentation to fellow students about her brother’s condition. Jordan had to have major spine surgery last year and we almost lost him. He is wheelchair bound and can’t move his arms up and down.

“Friday went really well and all the students got involved and thoroughly enjoyed the day’s activities.”

Lucy Monk, headteacher at Helenswood, said: “We are incredibly proud of Aimee and Erin’s hard work and determination to raise as much money as possible for Demelza House. They are an inspiration to our school.”

She added the school was very grateful to Balloons for Events for its support and sponsorship of the balloons, as well as donations from staff and students.