Sugar Rush pays dividends

Withington's spectacular Fashion Show, entitled Sugar Rush, has paid dividends to the tune of almost £4,500 for the charities that the event supported this year.

A cheque for £2,221 was presented to Mr Chris Normington, Development Manager for the northern region of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the School's morning Assembly on Tuesday 15th January. The donation represented half of the net proceeds raised by show last October.

JDRF cheque presentation

At an Assembly a week later on Tuesday 22nd January, a cheque for the other half of the money was presented to Ms Nancy Hart, representative from the Fashion Show's regular charitable beneficiary, Barnardo's.

Fashion Show cheque presentation 

At the presentation to Mr Normington, WGS Drama Technician, Mr Ian Dean, showed his DVD recording of the Fashion Show to the whole School and it is hoped sales of this will raise further money.

In a message to Mrs Fabiola Cotton, Head of Design Technology, Mr Normington said: "The fashion show was a fantastic event; the school and the committee did a superb job to pull it all together and raise so much.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed for their support. The JDRF exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. We are the world's largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research and we are currently funding over 30 research projects here in the UK.

"The money you raised will be used to drive a full week of this world-class research into the cure. The fashion show has essentially brought us a huge step closer to the cure and a world without type 1 diabetes for millions of children and adults across the world."

At the presentation for Barnardo's,  Nancy Hart, Education Fundraiser for Barnardo's North West said: "We were delighted to receive such an incredible amount of funds raised by the wonderful pupils of Withington Girls' School. They put on a superb event in the fashion show which represented a great achievement for their committee. The funds donated to Barnardo's will go towards our vital work with more than 33,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families in 101 specialised projects in communities across the North West."

"Across the UK, Barnardo's works with more than 200,000 children, young people and their families each year and runs more than 800 services. We believe in the potential of every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child"

"Every year we help thousands of children turn their lives around. But we cannot do it without you"

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