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Friday, 20 November 2015 (3072930)
Pink pupil power for cancer charity
by Tom Martin

BOOTLE pupils swapped their school uniform for pink pyjamas as part of a fundraiser which raised more than £800 for charity.

Those at Hillside High School held a Pink Friday event recently which was aimed at not only raising money but also awareness of breast cancer.

Headteacher Amanda Ryan said: “We held assemblies for the students and looked at some of the statistics surrounding breast cancer and found that in the year since our 2014 Pink Friday almost 50,000 women and 350 men had been diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 12,000 women had died; that’s an average of almost 32 people per day.

”We were actually shocked by these figures. We learned that breast cancer has a high survival rate but that the treatment can be very nasty.

“Everyone rose to the challenge with real gusto. Students and staff were incredibly generous and brought in trays and boxes of cakes for the cake sale. We sold hundreds of pink ribbons and had competitions running all week. Three Year 11 students; Jade Caveney, Richard Bliss and Karl Hignett gave up their own time on Thursday evening to bake cakes for the Friday sale.

”Two Year 11 boys agreed to wear pink onsies all day on Pink Friday if we raised £200 by Thursday afternoon, the challenge was met when we secured £217 by 3pm on Thursday!

“All the staff agreed to wear something pink to promote the day and staff briefing brought a smile to everyone’s face.

”At 2.50pm on Pink Friday, we were £64.50 short of the £800 target; we sent a final email plea and stood on the doors as students left school for the half term. By ten minutes past three we had a final total of £832.30 – so emotions were high!

“We could not have achieved this without the support of parents and students and we never cease to be humbled by the generosity of Hillside families to help people who are less fortunate.

”I am extremely proud of the work our students do to raise money for such worthy causes. Their efforts in raising over £800 for Pink Friday are particularly impressive and I would extend my thanks to all students, their families and staff for everything they did to make the day such a success.“


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