A NORTH-EAST school has broken its own fundraising record with a bumper year for charities.

Hummersknott Academy in Darlington is broken down into five colleges which annually compete to raise the most money for their chosen charities.

This year, the school has raised its biggest ever total of £7,441, with Quaker College coming out top by raising £1,922 for the North East Autism Society.

Fundraising activities included a boys’ sponsored leg wax, hotdog sales, charity football matches, and pouring buckets of water over teachers.

John Phillipson, chief executive officer for the North East Autism Society, said: “It’s always fantastic when we find out the people from our incredible North-East region get behind the work we do, but it’s even more appreciated when it has involved hard work and dedication – especially by a bunch of young people.”

Quaker’s triumph was largely thanks to the efforts of Year 11s Hannah Chapman, captain of Quaker College, and Caitlyn Taylor. The two youngsters climbed Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain, raising £432, and rocketing their college to first place.

Hannah said: “It wasn’t as difficult as we’d expected, and it felt really good when we got to the top.”

Quaker College Manager, Debra Craggs, said: “The students did fantastically well. I loved that they did lots of different things to raise the money and didn’t fall back on tired ideas like bake sales. Of course, I’m especially proud of Hannah and Caitlyn.”

The charities chosen by each college, and the total raised for each, were:

  • Quaker College – North East Autism Society – £1,922.19
  • Cuthbert College – Young Minds – £1,610.37
  • Wyvern College – North of England Children’s Cancer Research – £1,517.18
  • Ketton College – Bright Red (Leukaemia and Blood Cancer) – £1,350.60
  • Stephenson College – Darlington 700 Club – £1,040.19

Principal James Keating said: “Charity and giving back to the community is a huge part of our ethos at Hummersknott Academy, and the effort the students have put into raising such a fantastic sum of money is a perfect example of this.

“All five colleges have done a great job and have helped five wonderful charities. We’re very proud of the students.”