Derby pupils take fundraising to heart

Students from Derby High School have raised more than £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation

Fundraising by Derby High School pupils has raised over £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation. More than £1,000 was raised by the primary department, and £2,000 at a fashion show organised by Deputy Head Girl, Hannah Steele, in memory of classmate, Nur Raza, who died following heart surgery when she was in Year 7.

Around 70 students and teachers helped out at the event and students modelled clothes supplied by local retailers.

A raffle and an auction were held on the night, with guest auctioneer, Graham Penny, and prizes were donated by a range of local businesses and individuals. Retailers Cachet, Sage Tree and the Body Shop also ran stalls at the event. The total amount raised at the show was £2,243.29.

The remaining amount was raised by holding church collections, toast sales and other events.

Derek Kilgariff, British Heart Foundation fundraising manager, visited the school to collect the cheque for £4,366 and talk to staff and students about the charity’s work.

He said: “There are 1,100 research projects being funded by the British Heart Foundation and your donations and fundraising really help our lifesaving work. The money you raised will help save the lives of people in this country.”