Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

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16 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS Rohan Cahill (left) from Alderwood Junior School drops off the tree of hope to Frimley Park Hospital; (below) one of the homemade face shields School delivers face shields and plenty of hope to hospital Covid-19 pandemic. It was also lovely the children had an idea to create a trough with a tree of hope and some bright plants to make people happy. “It is bright, colourful and looks amazing. Your support had an incredible impact on our hospital and for this we will be eternally grateful that you reached out to us at a time when we needed it most.” Mr Baker added: “At Alderwood, we are a community school and wanted to step up and support the fantastic work of our NHS during this unpreceden­ted time.” or be flo h orating the school to thank the NHS, before designing and constructi­ng a flower box, containing a tree of hope, which was delivered by Alderwood Junior School teacher Rohan Cahill to Frimley Park Hospital. The tree of hope now sits outside the main entrance at the hospital. The school received a personal thank you message from Frimley Health Charity’s head of fundraisin­g Anthony Kerslake, who said: “I wanted to get in touch to thank you so much for your support of so many face shields donated to Frimley Park Hospital during the height of the gathered aprons, medical gloves and eye protectors from various department­s. Mr Baker delivered the equipment over a three-week period and was then notified by the school’s head of design and technology that the school had plenty of material available for the constructi­on of face shields. In total, the school donated 50 homemade face shields to the hospital. Not to be outdone by the school’s staff members, the children of key workers from all year groups cur- A SCHOOL from Aldershot has donated more than 50 homemade face shields, a tree of hope and boxes of spare personal protective equipment to Frimley Park Hospital. Staff from Alderwood School, an all-through school for those between the ages of four and 16 in Aldershot, have made numerous trips to the hospital over the lockdown period. After assistant head of Alderwood Senior School, Paul Baker, was contacted by a friend who is a consultant radiologis­t at the hospital to see if the school had any spare PPE they could donate to the hospital, staff th th w rently based at Alderwood Infant School decided they wanted to pay personal thanks to the hospital staff. They spent a number of days dec- Charity ‘heartened’ by £93k raised during its emergency appeal AN ALDERSHOT-based charity has been blown away by the generosity and support it has received during the coronaviru­s pandemic, after their emergency appeal raised £93,000. Step by Step, a charity that supports young people by offering them a safe place to live in numerous places across the southeast, launched its Covid-19 Emergency Appeal in May to help with funding during the pandemic. With the support of individual­s, companies, trusts and community groups, the charity’s appeal raised £93,000. The charity will use the funds to help buy emergency food parcels for young people and hosts, cover the costs of agency staff who step in for ill members of the charity’s frontline team, to pay for remote counsellin­g and study courses and to cover any unexpected costs. As well as financial assistance, the charity has also received heartfelt messages from wellwisher­s including “Thank you for supporting people who are vulnerable in many ways at this difficult time” and “We are all facing great challenges, but the young people you help have more challenges than most. You do amazing work – keep it up!” Senior fundraisin­g manager Anda Chiu said: “I am so heartened by the kindness and generosity shown by our supporters. The community spirit is what is getting us through this time of crisis and every donation and word of encouragem­ent has meant so much to everyone.” PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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