22 July 2016 Oakworth Primary School raises over £2000 for Airedale Hospital
Pupils at Oakworth Primary School have raised £2437.89 for Airedale Hospital’s Chidlren’s Unit with a variety of fundraising events and projects throughout the school year.
From penalty shoot- outs during the Euro 2016 tournament, to Play-a-Thons, bake sales, drawing competitions and book stalls, the children, their parents and teachers have worked hard to reach the impressive total.
Eight children from the school came down to the Children’s Unit at the hospital to present the cheque, and to meet some of the children on the ward.
Kathryn Kenniford, Assistant Headteacher at Oakworth School, has coordinated the fundraising efforts. “We always choose a charity for each academic year and we decided we wanted to choose one more local to our community this year. We had just heard news of a brother being born to one of our children in Airedale and another child had also had a short visit to the children’s ward so Airedale Hospital seemed like a natural choice.
“As we are a school we decided we wanted to focus on children and play. In September we had a competition to name our fundraising year and Operation Play was the winning slogan. The fundraising was kick started with a small group of Year 6 children organising a coffee and play day for everyone in school. Since then children have been volunteering to organise more events in their own time. Our big finale was our penalty shoot out and Play-a-Thon day which as always was well supported by our parents.”
Jamie Rouse, aged six, from Year 1 raised a tremendous £149.50; “I wanted to raise money for the children so I asked my family to sponsor me for the penalty shoot-out. I had fun and I got six out of ten penalties.”
Nicola Thompson, ward manager for the Children’s Unit, said: “It was really lovely to meet some of the pupils and staff from Oakworth Primary School and we are extremely grateful for all their hard work and effort in raising such a fantastic amount. The money helps us to make valued improvements for poorly children who need to stay on our ward. It’s wonderful that this money has been raised by local children. We will proudly display their presentation cheque on the Children’s Unit for all our staff, children and families to view.”