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Aimee Inspires 'Delicious' Charity Fundraiser

On Wednesday 5th March, a team of Year 9 students ran a cake stall at break and lunchtime in recognition of Aimee’s Appeal and raising funds for Dravet Syndrome UK, a medical research charity set up to support children who suffer with Dravet Syndrome.  This is a rare life limiting disorder which affected Aimee, a cousin of one of the students, Chloe Gaunt.  Aimee sadly passed away last December and Chloe (pictured left) got together with friends Hazel Mott and Sophie Flather (centre & right) with support from Kara Knowles and decided to help by organising a fundraising event.  The team presented their idea to Mr Preston, Acting Headteacher and created a presentation about Aimee, who had inspired them in the first place, as well as the importance of supporting the charity which had helped her and her family through such difficult times.  In total, the event raised £174.76.  

Mr Preston said “When the team of students brought the idea to me, the answer was a clear and simple ‘yes!’  It showed great initiative and the team are clearly passionate about the charity, given the personal link to Chloe’s family.  Fundraising is extremely important to us as a school.  Not only does it develop a recognition amongst the students of the types of issues faced by people within the community, it also enables them to develop organisational skills and serves to bring the school community together in aid of meaningful and worthwhile causes, such as Dravet Syndrome UK.”  

Dravet Syndrome is characterised by hard-to-control seizures. Children with the condition have a higher risk of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, with an 85% chance of surviving to adulthood. It is very rare as it happens to one in 40,000 people.  The amount raised will help the charity to fund medical research into Dravet Syndrome; advance the education of the medical community in the UK with regards to Dravet Syndrome, therefore prompting accurate and early diagnosis as well as providing support, assistance and education for sufferers of the condition.  Mr Preston added:  “Mrs Dyson, the Administrator for Year 9 helped the team a great deal with the organisation, as did many other staff through their support and donations.  On the day, there was a real buzz around the stall as a large queue developed and I can’t thank the team, the students and staff enough for their generous donations to this fantastic cause.”

To find out more about Dravet Syndrome, we have provided a link to their website here.