Students turn orange for the day to raise awareness of charity

Youngsters wearing orange to raise awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Youngsters wearing orange to raise awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Pupils from two Cramlington school shave been raising funds for a national charity in memory of one of the students’ grandparents.

Children at Burnside and Northburn primary schools in Cramlington all wore something orange, the colour of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, last week to raise awareness of the charity.

The colourful fundraising day was organised after pupil Charlie Stevenson approached his headteacher to ask whether they would help them to raise awareness of his grandmother Joyce Lowden’s condition.

Joyce had limb girdle muscular dystrophy and died in February this year.

Nine-year-old Charlie, a pupil at Northburn, said: “We were all very sad when my Nana died.

“We wanted to do something that would help people to understand what muscular dystrophy is and raise money to help children and adults who have the condition.”

Sara Wilcox, volunteer fundraising manager for the north east and Yorkshire at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “It’s great to see schools across the region coming together to raise funds for a cause close to several of their pupils’ hearts.

“We are hugely grateful to Burnside and Northburn for adding a splash of colour to their uniforms for a day to help raise awareness of Joyce’s condition and vital funds towards research into effective treatments.

Jane Ramsay, Burnside headteacher, said: “We have raised thousands over the years and I was more than happy to offer our support.

“Our parents are fantastic at helping us whenever we ask and we are extremely grateful for their participation and contributions.”