School earns awards place

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Gateways School has been nominated for Yorkshire’s Local Fundraiser of the Year Award as part of the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2016.

From September 2014 to September 2015 the Harewood-based independent school raised £10,000 for Leeds-based charity St Gemma’s Hospice.

Tara Bean, a Senior Community Fundraiser at St Gemma’s said: “This is such a fantastic amount for a school to raise. I am very grateful on behalf of the patients and staff at the hospice.”

Each year the school community votes for a charity to support for the year. In previous years this has included local, national and global charities such as St George’s Crypt, Teenage Cancer Trust and this year’s chosen charity Mary’s Meals.

Gateways Community Outreach and House System Coordinator, Jane Foster commented: “We are very excited and proud to have been nominated for this award.

“Fundraising at Gateways involves our whole community from the pupils, who initiate and take part in the activities, to the staff and parents who support our efforts.”

Winners of the awards are decided by a public vote which closes at the end of February 2016.

To vote in the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2016 go to www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/vote.

The awards help raise vital funds for Boston Spa-based Martin House Children’s Hospice which supports children and young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.