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Harrogate Grammar Does Charities Week

Last year, Harrogate Grammar school exceeded all expectations by raising a staggering £13,620 for the charity Vamos, raising money by holding bake sales, raffles, and even a teacher fashion show.
This year, the chosen charity is Harrogate Hospital Community and Friends, which supports Harrogate District Hospital, buying equipment for the children’s ward. In contrast to the last charity, which helped street children in Mexico, Harrogate Hospital Community and Friends, is close to the hearts of many students.
We spoke to Mrs Boag, head of the charities committee and the person responsible for arranging everything happens for charities. According to her, the decision of choosing Harrogate Hospital Community and Friends was largely put forward by some sixth formers who had visited the hospital on volunteer work.
Charities week is the one week a year dedicated to raising as much money as possible for the school charity. Students take part in all sorts of events like dancing competitions, bake sales and singing shows. But the pupils aren’t the only ones to get involved. The annual teacher’s clothes show will again be held during this week, when teachers don the everyday suits and ties for famous costumes and fancy outfits. Teachers dread it, pupils love it, but in the end it’s all good money towards helping Harrogate hospital.
Part of the money raised is going towards a ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ food car, an instant hit with the younger patients. The money will also pay for a machine that uses miniscule pumps to insert blood in babies during operations. As these machines are in high demand throughout the UK, the NHS doesn’t cover the cost of them. This machine will particularly help babies with meningitis.
Claire Margerison, a former patient of Harrogate Hospital and pupil at Harrogate Grammar School, said the Thomas the Tank Engine food trolley ‘really brightened the atmosphere of the ward’.
Charities week certainly looks like it will be an action packed week for everyone involved, by having fun and raising money for a good cause.

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