Students raise cash for shooting victim’s charity

PUPILS and staff at a Seaton Delaval school have been dressing down for charity.

A non-uniform day at Astley High School raised more than £480 for the late David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.

Headteacher John Barnes and sixth-formers Ruth Blackburn and John-Paul Dickie handed the cash over to Colin Washington, a trustee for the charity set up by the Pc after he was shot by gunman Raoul Moat.

Colin said: “It’s a real pleasure for the Blue Lamp Foundation to be invited to Astley to receive its second donation and hear about its fundraising activities.

“Our founder, David Rathband, visited the school last year, and I know he would be very proud to know that its support of the Blue Lamp Foundation is continuing.

“We’re also very sad that he’s not here in person to collect the cheque, but the work of the foundation has never been more important.

“We will make sure that this donation is put towards helping David’s colleagues in the emergency services who are injured in the line of duty.”