A ball organised by Stonyhurst College sixth-form students has raised more than £15,000 to give children from local special schools a holiday this summer.
Every boy and girl in Stonyhurst’s Year 12 was involved in planning and running the event, which was enjoyed by more than 250 guests. As well as waiting at tables, students provided entertainment in keeping with the event’s theme – the 1920s. The “Bugsy Girls” danced a Charleston and lots of talented vocalists sang songs from the twenties and thirties, accompanied by Stonyhurst’s staff band.
Funds raised from ticket sales, an auction and a raffle, go to the Stonyhurst Children’s Holiday Trust, which gives children from local special schools a summer holiday at Stonyhurst every year. The “Poetry Banquet” is an annual tradition at Stonyhurst, so called because Year 12 is known as “Poetry” at the historic school.
Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “I am always very proud of our students on these occasions. They all work as a team to produce a first-class event for a very good cause and they have certainly excelled themselves this year.”