School gives Christmas gifts to three charities

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STUDENTS showed their school spirit this Christmas, raising more than £12,000 for charity.

Pupils, teachers and staff at County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, joined together for 10 days of fund-raising before the end of the school term.

The school held events such as a charity ice skate, Christmas concert and carol service, fashion show and talent shows to raise £12,053.

Representatives from three recipient charities attended a cheque presentation at the school last Friday.

The school held an assembly and Cllr Ian Houlder, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, and his wife, Sue, attended the presentation.

Fund-raising for charities since 1986, County Upper School picks three good causes each year, one international, one national and one local.

This year, Kevin Waterson attended on behalf of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (Sulsar), Help for Heroes was represented by Cpl Thomas Dempster, and Sue Long, from St Nicholas Hospice Care, received donations from the school.

Sulsar was chosen as a recipient due to its work in Haiti, and Help for Heroes was chosen in memory of Luke Southgate, the senior aircraftman who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year. He was born in Bury and attended County Upper School – where his younger brother is still a student – before training at RAF Honington.

Vicky Neale, head teacher, said: “It’s amazing that any school can raise that in 10 days, I think it’s a testament to the support of the school. I’m very proud, the way that the students and staff came together says a lot about the school as a community.”

Sue Long, community fund-raiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care, said the school had been terrific over the years.

She said: “They should have a warm glow for helping other people. There are so many unsung heroes, teachers and pupils without any recognition.”