A COUNTY DURHAM school broke its own fundraising record when one of its five student colleges chose to devote their year of charity support to the North East Autism Society.

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

The dedicated students of Quaker College chose for the North East Autism Society as their charity for the year and raised an incredible £1,922 towards our work – the most raised by any college.

This helped make this year the school’s most successful fundraising year ever, with a total of £7,441 donated to good causes. Fundraising activities included a boys’ sponsored leg wax, charity hotdogs, football matches, and pouring buckets of water over teachers.

Our chief exec John Phillipson 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.

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.

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.”

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