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We were delighted to welcome into school our two nominated charities of the year – the Rob Stephenson Trust and L.I.A.M. – and to present them each with £1647.70 of the £3295.40 raised by parents, pupils and staff throughout the year.

Both charities were set up in response to young lives tragically lost, with the intention of benefitting young people making their way in sport or in art and music. The charities are their legacies and as a school we are proud to support them.

Supporting sporting projects at home and abroad – particularly grassroots rugby and cricket - the Rob Stephenson Trust enables young people to participate in and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie that sport brings.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Trust was Rob’s father Patrick Stephenson who explained that the Brazilian rugby club Piracicaba had been one of the many beneficiaries of the Trust. The club was provided with kit by the Trust to help foster the playing of rugby in the community, particularly amongst those less privileged. This year the Under 8 team, which included children from all social groups, were Brazilian champions.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of L.I.A.M. was our very own Pete Miller, for many years a bus driver at the school, and his daughter Natalie.

Liam was a passionate artist and musician and it is fitting that the charity of his name provides grants of up to £1,000 to young people in higher education who wish to pursue artistic or musical disciplines.

Amongst the many local students who have benefitted from the grants are those who have been able to buy equipment such as musical instruments, art materials, cameras and laptops; York College art students who have been able to go to Barcelona, and two other students who have gone on to study Graphic Design at Liverpool University and Illustration at Leeds Arts University.

Pete Miller said: ‘It’s been four years since we set up the charity and it has been a pleasure to help so many deserving young people with talent to achieve their artistic and musical dreams.’

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