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Teachers stock up to help charity

Shanklea Primary School in Cramlington holding a sports and community event to raise money for the Scott Bell Fund and for the school. This incuded a 'custard pie the teacher'. Connor Ridley and Maisie Watson with teacher Jade Martin. GM044266

Shanklea Primary School in Cramlington holding a sports and community event to raise money for the Scott Bell Fund and for the school. This incuded a 'custard pie the teacher'. Connor Ridley and Maisie Watson with teacher Jade Martin. GM044266

Teachers were left with custard on their faces as they raised the stocks to support a local charity.

Pupils at Shanklea Primary School were given the opportunity of a lifetime after being permission to throw custard pies at their teachers at a fair after school.

Staff at the Cramlington school allowed themselves to be pelted by the youngsters in aid of the Scott Bell Fund.

The charity was set up by former semi-professional footballer Scott Bell after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

The 35-year-old lost his battle with the disease last October but the charity is continuing to help other people in the region who are battling against the progressive neurodegenerative disease as well as the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Children at the school have been learning about the disease and made cupcakes to raise funds for the charity, as well as posters promoting the event.

The school was approached by parent Lisa Haslam, a friend of Scott’s widow Louise, who asked if they could help the fund.

Teacher Jade Martin recruited four other teaching staff – including the headteacher and deputy headteacher – who agreed to be custard pied at their ‘sporting community evening’.

Miss Martin said: “This charity stood out from the rest as there are many connections within the school with Scott.

“We are really lucky to have such a positive school community.

“Together we can make a difference to support the development and awareness of this disease and charity.”

More than £100 was raised for the charity.

The fair also saw pupils playing basketball with representatives of the Newcastle Eagles and enjoying beat the goalies, needle in a haystack and beat the buzzer. There were also rides, nail and face painting, cake stalls and refreshments.

 

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