Headteacher praises pupils’ charity efforts

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The headteacher at a Sheffield infant school has praised his pupils after they raised more than £200 for The Children’s Hospital Charity Make it Better appeal.

Children at Halfway Infants and Primary got involved with fundraising for the Sheffield hospital after one of their classmates was admitted, suffering from fits and seizures.

Alex Oxley, aged five, from Halfway, spent a week as an inpatient last summer being tested for suspected frontal lobe epilepsy.

Alex’s father Ant, who has undertaken his own fundraising for the hospital charity, said: “It was terrifying watching Alex go through such an ordeal and not knowing what was wrong with him.

“But the staff at the hospital were absolutely amazing and we were so moved by the fundraising efforts of the school – showing their support to help other children going through a difficult time.

“We spent a week in the hospital, with Alex undergoing numerous tests to try and determine what was causing the fits and seizures.

“During this time the staff were truly remarkable; we don’t know what we would have done without them.”

Headteacher Steve Varnam said: “Halfway Nursery Infant School is passionate about supporting its children, families, and the community it serves.

“It is for this reason we wanted to raise money for, and support, The Children’s Hospital Charity, an invaluable and priceless service which most certainly has the children and their health and well-being at heart.

“Almost all our families have had to put their trust and faith in the hospital at various points in time, and they have never been let down.

“Our school has hopefully given a little that will help a lot and will help to ensure this high level support is there for generations of children to come.”

Fundraising activities included a harvest assembly breakfast and a Christmas raffle drawn by charity mascot Theo.