Upper Dean village school raises cash for Great Ormond Street

(l-r) Vienna Hayers and mum Michelle
(l-r) Vienna Hayers and mum Michelle

A Bedford Borough school, with just 70 pupils, has raised £1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) following the care given to the daughter of one of the teachers following a tragic accident last year.

Eileen Wade primary school in Upper Dean raised the money as part of GOSH’s 1k challenge, which had children being sponsored for walking, running, skipping or swimming 1km per day throughout July.

They chose the charity after Vienna Hayers, the 13-year-old daughter of teacher Michelle Hayers, lost her lower right arm after falling while trampolining.

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Eileen Wade Primary School, Upper Dean raised £1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Eileen Wade Primary School, Upper Dean raised £1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

“Michelle is a wonderful member of staff, and we wanted to show our support to her and Vienna for everything they have been going through over the last year,” said Senior Teacher Catherine Auld.

“The 1k challenge seemed a great opportunity for us to sign up to. We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of parents, staff, family & friends of the school.

“The whole community has come together and has exceeded our wildest expectations. We couldn’t be more grateful to the whole community for everything they have donated during these difficult times.”

The fundraising continues until the end of July and anyone wishing to donate can do so on the school’s JustGiving page.

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