The nursery class at Joseph Clarke School raised £301 for a teen cancer charity through a cake and gardening sale

Nursery staff member Bernadette Wells with Ralph, left and Myles, right

Nursery staff member Bernadette Wells with Ralph, left and Myles, right

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A school for children with special needs has raised £300 for a Broxbourne-based teen cancer charity.

Staff and children at Joseph Clarke School in Vincent Road, Highams Park, spent the best part of last week holding cake sales, gardening days, and making hanging butterflies to raise the money for Teens Unite.

The charity supporting 13 to 24 year old with cancer and other life limiting illnesses will use the money to organise and host a fun day or workshop to bring young people with similar experiences together. 

Headteacher Peter Falconbridge has said he is proud of his staff and children for "outstanding achievement".

"I am so proud of my staff and children for organising the fund raising day for Teens Unite.

"As a school we always encourage our children to be aware of the needs of others.

"The children are so caring and supportive of each other it creates a very special atmosphere in a very special school," said Mr Falconbridge.

Debbie Pezzani, CEO and founder of Teens Unite thanked staff member Michelle Abel whose connections with the charity prompted the fundraising event.

She said: "We would like to say a big thank you to Joseph Clarke School for their fundraising efforts.

"It sounds as though the students thoroughly enjoyed the gardening day and they definitely put the ‘fun’ into fundraising.

"Special thanks go out to Michelle Abel whose son is one of the young people we support at Teens Unite and she, along with the rest of her family is always going the extra mile to spread awareness and raise money for the charity.

"Without people like Michelle, our job would be very hard to do."

Joseph Clarke is a centre of excellence for visual impairment in the south east of England and currently has pupils travelling in from twelve different boroughs across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

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