Belmont Grosvenor gives £10k to help children in hospital

Pupils, staff and parents at the independent Harrogate prep school have raised £10,000 to improve the lives of children in hospital

A major refurbishment of the playroom at Harrogate District Hospital’s Woodlands Ward is planned, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Belmont Grosvenor School.

During the past 12 months, Belmont Grosvenor’s pupils, teachers and parents have taken part in a wide range of fund-raising events to help reach the £10,000 total. These have included a charity walk through the village of Birstwith, where Belmont Grosvenor School is based, and a summer ball in the school grounds.

The school, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, caters for children from three months to 11 years. Based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstiwth, the school community choose a local charity to support each year.

‘We are delighted to have handed over £10,000 which we know will benefit children who have to stay in hospital.”

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said £10,000 was a fantastic amount to raise and would create a wonderful new play area for children staying on Woodlands Ward: “Thank you so much to everyone at Belmont Grosvenor School for their fantastic support over the past year. The staff, parents, and most importantly the children, have put so much effort into fundraising for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity. I am amazed at the fantastic £10,000 that they have raised. 

Youngsters from Belmont Grosvenor’s School Council visited Woodlands Ward earlier in the year to come up with ideas to improve the play area. Mr Fisher said he hoped to incorporate some of their ideas into the refurbishment plans.

Hannah Parker, Charities co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor School, said Woodlands Ward had been a very popular charity: “As a school we have a strong sense of community and all our pupils, staff and parents enjoy raising money throughout the year for local good causes. We are delighted to have handed over £10,000 which we know will benefit children who have to stay in hospital.”


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