STAFF, parents and friends of a Derby special school raised more than £700 towards a new school mini-bus during a spicy fund-raising event at a city curry house.
Diners enjoyed a four-course meal and music from one of the East Midlands’ best acoustic singers at Tamarind Indian restaurant in Spondon.
The event was organised by the Parent, Teacher Association (PTA) at St Giles School, in Hampshire Road, who raised almost £800 towards the mini-bus last month by holding a football tournament at Willows Sports Centre, in Derby, organised by vice-chair David Martins.
Allan Perry, chairman of the St Giles School PTA, organised the event. His children, Jaydon (10) and Olivia (6) both attend the city school; which was rated outstanding following its last Ofsted inspection.
“St Giles has been fantastic for my children,” he said, “this is our way of giving back.
“The night was fantastic and everyone enjoyed it; we’re extremely grateful to staff at the Tamarind and singer Kim Harrison, who received lots of compliments on the night.
“It was the very first charity event held in the Tamarind restaurant and customers enjoyed it so much, that they’ve asked for another one to be held soon.
“We still have a way to go to reach our fundraising target of £32,000 for a mini-bus. We may have to opt for a second-hand one – unless we can get more sponsorship – as they’re quite expensive.
“There are lots more events which the PTA have coming up this year including a free music and food festival – GilesFest 2019 – at Elvaston on Saturday, June 22.”
Laura Taylor, deputy head teacher and Head of Teaching & Learning at St Giles School, thanked the PTA for their efforts.
She said: “I’d like to say a big thanks to PTA chair Allan Perry who, along with the rest of the PTA, organised a superb event for the school. They worked tirelessly all night and we really do appreciate their hard work.”
The St Giles’ PTA have already partially funded a MUGA (multi use games arena) for the school, with more than £30,000 raised by Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson and his wife, Nereasha. Work is due to start on the MUGA shortly.
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