Pupils on air for donation

The English Martyrs School teacher Laura Tumilty (left) and students Hannah Buckle, Taylor Robinson, Danny Winship and Reece O'Donovan PICTURE BY BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON''students and Pudsey Bear at the Children in Need live Broadcast held in Alnwick Gardens. Photo by Bernadette Malcolmson
The English Martyrs School teacher Laura Tumilty (left) and students Hannah Buckle, Taylor Robinson, Danny Winship and Reece O'Donovan PICTURE BY BERNADETTE MALCOLMSON''students and Pudsey Bear at the Children in Need live Broadcast held in Alnwick Gardens. Photo by Bernadette Malcolmson
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GENEROUS students capped off a fantastic week of fundraising as they appeared on the BBC’s Children in Need programme.

The youngsters at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in the town, were on the go all last week after organising a number of activities to raise cash, as featured in Saturday’s Mail.

The efforts of the students raised a staggering £2,900 last week, which has since continued to rise and has now passed the £3,000 mark.

And the school handed their cheque over live on television after being invited to Alwnick Castle for the North-East filming of Friday’s Children in Need programme.

There, the youngsters enjoyed an evening of fundraising fun and one student even took the opportunity to sing live on air.

Ethan Scott sang the chorus of the school’s new upbeat dance track, called Colours, which they created to help raise cash for Children in Need earlier this month.

Laura Tumilty, ICT teacher at the school, made the trip north with two other members of staff and 11 students who all played a part in the school’s fundraising.

Miss Tumilty said: “The kids absolutely loved it.

“I was so proud of all of the money they raised and it was the perfect way to cap off the week.

“We usually try and get to the local Children in Need event but this year I contacted the BBC beforehand and told them about our CD and the money which we were hoping to raise.

“They got in touch with us and asked us if we would like to hand the cheque over live on air.”

Byron Bell, Jade Flounders, Arrianna Cheesebrough, Taylor Robinson, Matthew Wintersgill, Ethan Scott, Reece O’Donovan, Shane Malone, Hannah Buckle, Joe Laundon and Danny Winship were the 11 pupils who enjoyed the evening in Alnwick.

Miss Tumilty added: “They were all brilliant and it was brave of Ethan to sing live on air.

“They asked if anyone would do it and he said yes and he had about five minutes to practice before he sang it there and then in front of millions watching on the television so he did a brilliant job.”