Youngsters raise £10,500 for charity

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PUPILS at a Killingworth school have raised more than £10,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

George Stephenson High School picked the foundation as its charity of the year for the academic year finishing tomorrow, and it has amassed £10,588 by holding various fundraising activities over the last three terms.

Alan Shearer, a patron of the charity set up by his former manager at Newcastle United, sent a message of thanks and signed achievement certificates to pupils in recognition of their efforts.

The former England striker said: “I was hugely impressed to hear about the commitment and enthusiasm staff and pupils at George Stephenson High School showed towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“To have raised this amount of money is an enormous achievement, and everyone involved should be very proud of their efforts.”

Foundation fundraiser Liz Luff collected the cheque and handed out certificates to pupils.

Activities held to raise the cash included supermarket bag-packs, non-uniform days and a fun run.

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We are very proud of our students raising so much money for a fantastic cause.

“It’s great that they are so willing to get involved and give up so much of their time to help others less fortunate than themselves.”

Pupil Kelly Scott, 15, of Burradon, added: “Everyone was really enthusiastic about the fundraising.

“The non-uniform days went down especially well, probably because we sold cakes and sweets at break time.”

Since ex-England manager Sir Bobby and his wife Elsie launched the charity that bears his name in 2008, it has raised more than £4m for cancer research by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.