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Schools raise over £2,000 at Royal Hall charity concert

Following their highly successful concert at the Royal Hall in March this year, schools from the Harrogate and Rural Teaching Alliance last week presented cheques to two local charities supporting children and young people. Stray FM’s Nick Hancock, who co-hosted the concert, was on hand to assist the children in handing over the cheques.

The concert, which featured over 200 children from Killinghall CE Primary, Beckwithshaw Primary, Scotton Lingerfield Primary, Goldsborough CE Primary, Spofforth CE Primary, All Saints CE Primary, Sicklinghall Primary, and Folifoot CE Primary, raised £2,190 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby and Just ‘B’ Bereavement Support service in Harrogate.


Headteacher of Killinghall CE Primary School Sarah Bassitt said:

This is a fantastic example of children fundraising to support other children and young people in their area.

The pupil ambassadors here decided that they wanted to do a big concert for charities benefiting children.

On the night it was amazing how it all come together, just like we were one big school.

The night was better than we could ever have imagined.

I for one am very proud of the efforts of all those involved and hope that they will continue to support good causes with such positivity and enthusiasm.




Matt Shillito, Headteacher of Goldsborough CE and Sicklinghall Community Primary Schools said:

Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools were both involved in the concert.

The money raised was as a result of ticket sales for the event itself, raffle ticket sales and donations towards buns and biscuits on the night.

Sarah Bassitt and her team at Killinghall did a great organising this event.

The HART Alliance Charity Concert was a fantastic opportunity not only for pupils in our local small schools to come together and perform in an outstanding venue but also to raise much needed funds for two local charities. Credit to Mrs Bassitt for organising such a superb event that raised a significant amount and for putting on a concert that our pupils will remember for many years to come.


Just ‘B’, the specialist bereavement support service offered by Saint Michael’s, helps local children, young people and adults living with any type of bereavement get the professional support they need to understand and express their grief.


The concert at the Royal Hall in Harrogate
The concert at the Royal Hall in Harrogate


The charity’s chief executive, Tony Collins, said:

We’re extremely grateful for the wonderful support of the eight schools involved in the Royal Hall charity concert, which raised more than £1,000 for Just ‘B’ – it costs £45 to provide a one-to-one session for a child with one of our bereavement team to share their feelings through play, so you can see what a difference these funds can make.


Seee the Just ‘B’ website at



Alison Wragg, Community Fundraiser for Martin House Children’s Hospice, said:

It was a wonderful concert with so many schools taking part. Giving so many small primary schools the chance to perform in such a large venue was very exciting for the children.

We are very appreciative of the donation.


See the Martin House Children’s Hospice website at


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