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Monday 11th of March 2019

Charity Ball raises over £10,000!

A lovely article in the Whitley Bay Guardian:

A group of children are to visit France thanks to the generosity of fundraisers. Hundreds of people attended a charity ball to raise money to take five disabled and disadvantaged pupils from St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields and local primary schools to Lourdes during the Easter holidays.

The event was held at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, and raised funds for the school’s charity, Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT). Items were donated and auctioned throughout the evening, including everything from hotel stays to rugby balls, raising more than £10,000. Lourdes, a popular pilgrimage destination in the south of France, is known for its Sanctuary featuring spring water that is said to have miraculous healing power. The five pupils, aged between eight and 16, will visit Lourdes for a week-long experience thanks to the donations from the successful charity ball and a large donation from First Class Supply, a Whitley Bay-based supply teaching agency.

Anna Merchant, curriculum leader of business and IT at St Thomas More RC Academy, said: “For five years, First Class Supply has supported our chosen charity, HCPT, through sponsoring children to travel to Lourdes in France.  We are so grateful for their continued support."

Lesley Robinson, director at First Class Supply, said: “We know how much this trip means to the pupils who attend Lourdes and St Thomas More RC Academy, and we are delighted to continue our support."


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