BGS gives hospital patients 5000 reasons to smile this Christmas
Young patients in Leeds Children’s Hospital have 5000 more reasons to smile this festive season after fundraisers at Harrogate independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor handed over a cheque.
Pupils, parents and staff at leading independent school Belmont Grosvenor have been raising money throughout the year for Leeds Children’s Hospital, and its partner charity Leeds Cares, after one of the school’s young pupils received life-saving treatment as a baby.
Teddy Hardcastle, whose older sister Lola-May was Belmont Grosvenor’s Year 6 Charities Prefect last year, spent the first few months of his life in Leeds Children’s Hospital after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage just days after his birth.
Pupils at the ‘outstanding’ co-educational Harrogate school – including Teddy’s second sister Sienna, currently in Year 5 - threw themselves into the Leeds Cares fundraising campaign and took part in dozens of events and activities throughout the year, including a colour run, Easter Egg hunt and pyjama day.
And this week officials from Leeds Cares dropped in to school to pick up a cheque for £5,000 from Belmont Grosvenor School’s Parent Teacher Association.
Belmont Grosvenor School, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, is set in 20-acres of grounds just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate and welcomes boys and girls from three months to 11 years.
Emma Bolles, who was chair of the school’s PTA during the Leeds Cares fundraising campaign, said she was delighted to hand over the cash to such a great cause.
“We had a hugely successful fundraising year for Leeds Cares – the entire school community threw their weight behind this campaign and we are delighted to be handing over a cheque for £5000,” she said.
“We are sure the money raised by everyone at Belmont Grosvenor will help benefit young patients receiving care in Leeds Children’s Hospital,” she said.
Hannah Parker, Charities Co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School added: “We try to instil in all our pupils at a strong sense of community here at Belmont Grosvenor School. They were all inspired by the expert care that Teddy received in Leeds Children’s Hospital and wanted to help other children in need.”
“We hope the money we raised will help save the lives of other young children like Teddy,” she said.
Kevin Gerrie, Director of Fundraising at Leeds Cares said “We’re incredibly grateful to all the students, parents and teachers of Belmont Grosvenor for raising this fantastic amount. We’ve had a wonderful year of fundraising with the school and this £5,000 will make a huge difference to the support we’re able to provide to Leeds Children’s Hospital.”
For more information about Belmont Grosvenor School or to arrange a tour, visit www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk or call 01423 771029.