Teenagers from a Hucknall school have helped to raise money for a very worthy cause after jumping aboard a special bus to take them to their prom.
Instead of hiring a stretched limo, students from Holgate School asked trent barton for a bus that would help them support the fundraising efforts of Abbie Sims, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of seven.
Now aged 16, Abbie is raising money for the Wish Upon a Star Foundation, a charity that helps children with life-limiting conditions to fulfil their dreams.
With the help of her mum, Mandy, and several friends Abbie recently climbed Snowdon to raise cash for the charity. Touched by her bravery, lifelong friend and Holgate pupil Katie Pearson decided to help boost the funds raised so far and turned to her dad, Glenn, for help.
Katie Pearson (front right) and fellow students on the way to the school prom aboard the special trent barton bus.
Mandy explained: “Glenn works for trent barton and he asked his bosses if they would donate a bus for the night of the prom.
“They kindly agreed and Katie and her friends all paid £5 to help decorate the bus and to make a donation to the charity. On top of this the company also made a donation of £200, boosting the funds we have raised so far to well over £2,000.”
Commented Commercial Director, Alex Hornby: “We are delighted to have been able to help Katie and her friends to raise money for such a special charity, as well as contributing to one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”
Mandy, who is planning to take part in the Robin Hood Marathon to raise more money for Wish Upon a Star, continued: “Although Abbie’s sight is deteriorating, she is doing remarkably well and hoping to continue with her fundraising for as long as she can.
“We are really grateful to Katie and her friends, as well as Glenn and trent barton, for all their support,” she added.
Anyone who would like to contribute to Abbie and her mum’s fundraising efforts should visit http://www.justgiving.com/Abbiesteam.