Monday, 21 November 2016

A winning night boosts book fund

A winning Olympic themed evening  raised a pot of gold for Happy House.
We were privileged to be a part of a superb evening of fine dining presented by catering and hospitality students from St Aidan's CE HigH school, Preesall, on Friday.
The students, under the guidance of teacher Joanne Rossall, have, for several years now, taken over the kitchen at the beautiful Villa Hotel, Wrea Green, for an evening to cook and present every element of a three course dinner for 100 guests.
This year they designed an Olympic themed menu with a choice of starters and main and a trio of deserts. Rounded off with coffee.
It's a huge undertaking for GCSE student, embarked upon with the help and encouragement of Villa professionals.
Mrs Rossall's K7 year group sponsors Stevie Safari and youngsters throughout the school do much to help us. So it was a real joy to us when Mrs Rossall said the GCSE studets had chosen the Happy House to benefit from a raffle on their big night.
Our coordinator Elizabeth Gomm was delighted to to say a few words  about the work of Happy House to the gathering of relatives, friends and staff..
Kory sells raffle tickets
As we have just had to outlay the eqivalent of almost £2000 to buy text books to open our Form 2 secondary class in January, the wonderful £307 raised the night will go towards that.
Students in Form 2 will study 13 subjects and we have had to buy all the books required by the curriculum for every subject, plus the teachers' books.
Congratulation from head Andy Smith.
We had already decided to set up a JustGiving page for anyone who would like to donate specifically to Buy a Book, and the amount from St Aidan's has been added to that.
Also going towards books is £520 received from stalls at Inner Wheel District 19 when Elizabeth attended a meeting recently (the district made a donation of £240 to fund a scholarship for a year on the day) and £100 from Kirkham United Reformed Church Ladies. 
Our huge thanks to St Aidan's for an amazing evening. Congratulations,Mrs Rossall, to you and to all your very talented and kind-hearted students and to everyone who contributed to making the evening so enjoyable.
The food and service were superb.
Our thanks also Inner Wheel District 19 and to Kirkham URC.
The three donations total £927 which is a huge amount to kickstart our appeal.
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