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Darlington students wear their heart on their sleeves in the name of charity

Pupils at Darlington based Polam Hall School took to the catwalk with some of the North East’s most fashionable names to raise money for a national charity.

The school raised over £1000 for the British Heart Foundation in their ‘Ramp Up the Red’ themed show which was organised entirely by pupils who secured the backing of many local businesses. Barclays Bank also pledged their support with a generous donation.

Retailers involved included Coco, Ruby’s, Elan, Affleck and Moffatt, Sense of Style, Catherine Hart Hats, Leggs, Dolly Mama, Boudoir, Sainsbury’s, Matalan and Dobinsons with each supplying outfits for the chic show.

Around 50 senior and junior students took part in the fashion show, from managing the lighting to modelling the outfits.

The British Heart Foundation was chosen by pupils at Polam Hall after the personal experience of one student, whose parent recently died from heart disease.

This decision was strengthened after the pupils were informed that their own Headmaster John Moreland also connections to the charity after his son had a heart transplant nine years ago.

John Moreland commented: “Polam Hall’s annual fashion show is a great opportunity for our students to develop their leadership skills, to work as a team and to achieve a really worthwhile goal.

This year the goal was to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation, a cause that has personally touched the lives of a core group of sixth formers at Polam Hall and my own family.”

The school continued their support for the charity throughout the week with a raffle, a day of wearing red to school for a donation and their InterACT group sold heart shaped confectionary.

The total amount raised so far is over £1000 and they hope to top last year’s total of £1200.

Polam Hall is currently an independent school but is applying to become a free school from 2015 to enable them to share its educational offering to all.

It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.


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