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Starbeck Primary on wheels for the day

Years 5 and 6 of Starbeck Primary School doing time trials on their bikes  for Make it Better Day for ambulance charity Embrace. Picture: James Metcalf.

Years 5 and 6 of Starbeck Primary School doing time trials on their bikes for Make it Better Day for ambulance charity Embrace. Picture: James Metcalf.

 

Taking to their bikes and scooters, a Harrogate primary school is raising money for a charity very dear to its heart.

Time trails, relay races, and track rides are some of the sponsored events taking place at Starbeck Community Primary and Nursery School today and the charity Embrace is receiving all money raised by the school.

The service it provides - transporting sick children and babies from hospital to hospital for essential facilities and medical help - proved vital in the case of Lorenzo Rovardi-Blower.

Antonia Rovardi Blower, who works in the enhanced mainstream provision (EMS) department at Starbeck Community Primary and Nursery School, lost her son, who was born in February, however her son was taken from Harrogate to Leeds by Embrace to get the care he needed.

This, says Mrs Rovardi Blower, was crucial and could be a life-saving service for other people.

“I have chosen the charity because my little boy Lorenzo was born in February and he was very poorly and they took him from Harrogate to Leeds,” she said.

“Sadly he died, so we are doing it in memory of him and to support myself and my husband and we are doing some fundraising as well.

“I want to thank the deputy Sally Pitts and all the staff and children and all the families for supporting an amazing charity.

“Hopefully the money will help lots of other families who need it.”

The events taking place across the day are different for each age group, with years 5 and 6 taking on a three minute distance cycle on exercise bikes and years 1 and 2 doing timed scooter races.

And with the Tour de France just around the corner, the children are also being sponsored to dress in the colours of the Tour.

Deputy headteacher Sally Pitts said: “What happened to Mrs Rovardi affected the whole school and she said Embrace had been such a great support and help to her family.

“The charity has a national make it better day, which is today, so we thought we would support her and the charity with this event.

“The kids have been great and have raised lots of money.”

The total amount raised for the charity has yet to be announced.

 

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