School's bid to help sick children

Pupils, staff and parents at a Harrogate prep school have launched a major fundraising campaign to help improve the lives of children in hospital.

Friday, 24th February 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:46 am

Co-educational school Belmont Grosvenor is working with Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity to raise money for Woodlands Ward during the year – with the aim of transforming the current children’s play room.

Over the years, thousands of pounds have been handed over by the Birstwith-based school to a wide range of good causes, including Harrogate Homeless Project, Carer’s Resource in Harrogate and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund in Leeds.

Youngsters from Belmont Grosvenor’s School Council dropped into Harrogate District Hospital to visit Woodlands Ward and come up with ideas to improve the play area.

Pupils handed out questionnaires to patients asking what sort of play equipment they would like to see on their ward – and spoke to nurses and doctors about their redesign plans.

Children from reception to Year six at the Harrogate prep school have been asked to come up with ideas to improve the play area – with fund-raising events planned throughout the year aimed at putting the proposals into practice.

Jane Merriman, head teacher at Belmont Grosvenor School, said everyone was delighted to be supporting Woodlands Ward throughout 2017.

“As a school we have a strong sense of community and all our pupils, staff and parents enjoy raising money throughout the year for local good causes,” she said.

Jayne Johnson, chairman of the school’s Parent Teacher Association, said: “It is wonderful to support a local charity that children at Belmont Grosvenor School can all relate to.

“Many of them have either been patients, or know someone who has stayed in Woodlands Ward at some point in their lives. They know that having things to entertain them and distract them is really important, especially for those children who have longer stays in hospital.”

David Fisher, community and events fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said: “It is wonderful to see the children from the school getting so engaged in the project, coming up with their own ideas for how they can help.”

“We are really looking forward to supporting Belmont Grosvenor School during the year to raise as much as possible for Woodlands Ward and would like to thank the staff, children and parents for their amazing support of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.”