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Our children understand the importance of helping others. Being ‘Caring’ and ‘Principled’ are two of the school’s ‘Core Values’ which we seek to promote daily.
The Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) – Freeman Hospital
In July 2011 the children of the WDPS School Council decided to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) which is based at the Freeman Hospital, here in Newcastle. Providing world class heart care, the unit is structured to deliver the best possible results for critically ill babies, children and young people.
The School Council organised a sponsored running event around the school field. Also Jim West (School Governor) Neil Jones (Class Teacher) and Mick MingStones (Head Teacher) competed in the 32 km Chevy Chase Race in the Cheviot Hills in order to raise money for CHUF. As a community we raised over £2,500.00.
24 Hour Fitness Event to Fund-raise for CHUF
In 2015 we decided to help CHUF once again. We were delighted that Joe Waugh (Former Olympic cyclist) and Sharon Gayter (International ultra-distance athlete and author of ‘The Clock Keeps Ticking’) officially opened our track and launched our event.
From 2pm on the afternoon of Thursday 18th June for 24 hours, we walked, ran and cycled through the night (adults only!) around the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail. All of our children had the opportunity to walk or run around the track on Thursday 18th or Friday 19th on a rota basis. We kindly asked that our families and friends sponsor our children to help other children and families who are very much in need.
‘The Longest Day’ was a highlight for me in a career of over 20 years in education. So many children, families and friends gave 100% effort and there was a lovely, supportive community atmosphere that made me incredibly proud to be a part of the WDPS community. I was very fortunate to benefit from 24 hour support from staff and families for the duration of our challenge.
‘From kind hearts grow healthy hearts’ is the CHUF motto and I believe we have lived out this sentiment to the letter. As a community we donated over £2,000.00 to CHUF.
Remembrance and The Royal British Legion
Ian Proud (School Governor) has raised the WDPS community awareness of the Royal British Legion and how it helps Service people and their families past and present. Ian has worked with children and staff to plan lots of activities including: a Remembrance celebration in school, creating a Garden of Remembrance in the school grounds and placing poppy crosses in Lemington Cemetery and the West Road Cemetery and Crematorium. The children have raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal.
Due to the success of their efforts the children decided that they wanted to produce a single to support The Legion. With the help of professional singer Toni Marie Oetting and record producer Compton McDonald, the children recorded their own version of the Faith Hill classic 'There You'll Be' which was released nationwide in June 2012 and is available to download from i-Tunes. The single was showcased in May 2012 at Newcastle City Hall to the delight of our school family. The children’s single was the official song for the 2012 – 2013 Poppy Appeal. The children were also invited to sing at the Festival of Remembrance Concert at Durham Cathedral in 2012 and the audience’s response was incredible.