Valentine's Day fundraising is 'incredible'

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A charity has described as ‘incredible’ the sum of money raised by students and staff at Concord in a Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign. A sum of well over £1,200 will be handed over by Concord’s Outreach  Society to the Harry Johnson Trust which was established two years’ ago following the death of seven year old Harry in July 2014.

Harry’s mother Sally visited Concord to thank students and staff for their ‘incredible’ fundraising for the charity.

“I am astonished the college could raise so much money for the trust through activities which culminated in candy grams on Valentine’s Day,” said Sally, a former primary school head teacher.

“The money will make a big difference to the children and families the trust supports and I can’t thank Concord enough.  Their kindness is quite overwhelming.”

Harry died following a nine month fight with Double Hit Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  As a result, the trust offers help and support to children and teenagers who receive care from the oncology department at The Princess Royal Hospital.

Said Sally:  “The £1,000-plus will buy lots of £20 gift vouchers for the children’s oncology ward 20 at the hospital.  The nurses give these out to deserving cases.”

Auriel Sutardja (6.2) President of the Concord College Outreach Society, co-ordinated several activities which involved students and staff.  “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am delighted with the result,” she said.

 Lynn Lee (6.1) and Lucas Lim (6.1) were in charge of the candy gram campaign which involved delivering over 350 ‘romantic’ messages – with chocolates – on behalf of students all over the college campus.

“A candy gram cost £2 and raised about £700,” said Lynn.  “A lot of volunteers came forward to assist us with the deliveries,” she added.

Other fundraisers included a movie night, bake sale, guess the days that Principal Neil Hawkins and his wife Vanessa have been married and how many heart shaped sweets were in a jar.

Outreach students are pictured with hamper prizes which were part of their fundraising for the Harry Johnson Trust. Read more about the Harry Johnson Trust here: http://www.theharryjohnsontrust.co.uk/

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