Witches, zombies and even a scary traffic cone helped a Rotherham school’s charity appeal get off to a flying start when they raised nearly £700 to help support the building of a new wing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
More than 150 students pulled on the creepy fancy dress outfits and danced to “spooktacular” tunes when Aston Academy hosted a fundraising Halloween disco earlier this week.
The event marked the start of the academy’s bid to raise sufficient funds to sponsor an illuminated Christmas snowflake which will be installed on the side of Sheffield Children’s Hospital as part of the hospital charity’s “Make It Better” Appeal.
The academy sponsored a medium-sized snowflake, which cost £1,000 each, last year but is hoping to increase its donation – and the size of its snowflake – by collecting £2,500 through a series of events being held between now and the end of December.
Its Halloween Disco sent it on its way by raising £683.40 in total, with highlights including a Name the Skeleton and Name the Pumpkin contests, a raffle and a fancy-dress competition, which was won, not by a ghost or a vampire, but by a traffic cone, in the shape of Year Nine student, Lily Mae Graham.
Lindsey Burgin, Assistant Principal at Aston Academy, said: “It was an unusual choice but we decided that even though vampires and zombies are scary, anyone who drives will know that there’s nothing more frightening than the sight of traffic cones when you’re out and about on the road.
“It was an inspired choice of costume by Lily and was one of the high points of an extremely successful event, which was definitely more of a treat than it was a trick because we raised so much money and got our Snowflake Appeal off to such a fantastic start.”
Dominic Curran, principal of Aston Academy, added: “We are very proud of the hard work and commitment that members of our academy community invested in the Halloween disco and in their preparation of forthcoming events and activities that we will be undertaking as part of our snowflake appeal.”
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