Quiet fundraiser aids kids ward

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Enterprising students from The Bolsover School have raised nearly £600 for the Nightingale Children’s Ward at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Students in Nightingale house adopted the children’s ward as their chosen charity to support and they have been doing so by organising a variety of fundraising initiatives including a sponsored silence, a Nintendo Wii Just Dance challenge and by selling second hand books at parent’s evenings and community events.

Anthony Lyne, assistant head of Nightingale House praised the students for their hard work and commitment to helping their chosen charity.

He said: “So many of our students have given up their own time at lunchtimes and after school to support and organise fundraising activities and we are very proud to be supporting the Nightingale Children’s Ward.

“The challenge for our students now is to come up with more fundraising events and try to beat the amount raised over the next couple of years.”

Jenny Reaney, hospital play specialist team leader, based in the Nightingale Ward, attended a cheque presentation at The Bolsover School and delivered an assembly to the students in Nightingale House thanking them for the money and explaining how it will be used to improve the lives of the children on the ward.

She said: “Money like this means we can provide the children on the ward with a range of activities to prevent them getting bored and aid their recovery.

“It is great that the Nightingale House took us on as their charity and has raised such a fantastic amount of money for us! Well done and thankyou very much.”