Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team were delighted to officially announce that they are supporting Motor Neurone Disease Association as the Sixth Form charity for the next academic year.
The Head Girl team will spearhead fundraising activities throughout the year to generate money and raise awareness of their chosen charity.
In a moving assembly to the whole school, Mr Andrew Lane, Leader of the local group of volunteers for MND, told the girls about the charity and the research work that it undertakes.
‘We are so grateful that the Head Girls have chosen MND for their charity this year. I promise that every penny you raise will help patients and families who have been affected by this devastating disease and go towards our research work. The UK is a world leader in research into this genetic disorder; there are 5000 people affected by MND at any one time and 2000 new cases diagnosed every year.
There is no cure as yet and most doctors go through their working life never having seen a case.
The disease can affect how you walk, talk, drink, eat and breathe but symptoms can be managed and the money you raise will continue to support patients and families in the Portsmouth and Hampshire area.’
‘This is a charity very close to the heart of Portsmouth High School,’ said Head Girl, Nancy Fenton. ‘If we can raise £10,000, these funds can not only go towards much needed research into the genetic causes of the disease but also to help local families too.’
Portsmouth High School’s Charity Week will take place in November. It has been running for over 25 years and is always organised entirely by the Sixth Form. The week is made up of talent shows, live music events, an annual netball match versus boys from Portsmouth Grammar School and other events. It culminates in a two night Fashion Show where the Sixth Form use business acumen and entrepreneurial skills to negotiate with local shops and liaise with local businesses to put on the show.
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