North Shields pupil is on the ball for Newcastle United match

Melody Sanderson with her Grandmother, Mum and Fran Hale, senior education specialist at First Class Supply.
Melody Sanderson with her Grandmother, Mum and Fran Hale, senior education specialist at First Class Supply.

A youngster who suffers a severe illness was on the ball at a recent Newcastle United game.

Melody Sanderson, a Year 6 pupil at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields, won a place to be a Newcastle United ball girl after entering a competition with Whitley Bay-based First Class Supply.

Melody stood with the Toon Army for their match against Arsenal, after Toon legend Bob Moncur chose her as the deserving winner of the competition for primary school children.

Steph Boulton, director of First Class Supply, said: “We were inundated with entries from pupils across the North East to win a place to be a Ball Boy or Ball Girl, and were delighted with Bob’s decision.

“Melody really is an amazing youngster who has had to handle a lot in the past.

Headteacher Rachel Woods said: “Melody has to cope with a long term severe illness which causes her a great deal of discomfort, yet despite this, she attends school every day she can, works hard and smiles, even when she is unwell.

“She did an amazing job at the Newcastle v Arsenal football match, and those who were invited to watch the game must be extremely proud.”

First Class Supply works closely with the local community and continuously seeks opportunities to make a real difference to pupils and families in the region.

For further information on First Class Supply please visit www.firstclasssupply.co.uk