Halloween fundraiser raises nearly £2,000 for special needs school

5 November 2015

A Halloween Disco in aid of a school for children with special educational needs has smashed the organisers’ fundraising target.

It was hoped the event could make £1,500 to support Forest School in Knaresborough, but the final total exceeded this at £1,844.

Sarah Shaw, whose son Joe attends Forest, said:

We’re absolutely delighted.

The party was organised by friends and parents of the school to say thank you for the amazing care, education and support Forest gives to our children. We’re so grateful to all the volunteers who helped create such a spectacular fundraiser.

Tickets sold out for the disco at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, which welcomed 300 children from schools across the district for an afternoon of ghoulish fun on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

The event featured a disco and party games with DJ Mr Shuffles, a fancy dress competition for kids and adults, Halloween craft activities, a carved pumpkin competition, face painting, a cake stall and a raffle.

Headteacher Peter Hewitt said the school money raised would help boost the school’s fund for a new minibus:

We couldn’t be more pleased.

We are very grateful when people do wonderful things like this for the school. The organisers of this event should feel very proud.


Sarah added:

We were overwhelmed by the support for the event. Thank you to all those that came and enjoyed the fun, as well as to the Crown Hotel for offering use of the room for free, and other local businesses who donated decorations and raffle prizes, including Wilkinson’s, Sainsbury’s, The Little Gym, Brightwater Swimming School, Paperchase, Wensleydale Creamery, Brymor Ice Cream, The Academy, Bilton Grangers, Bay Trading, Fusion Hair Design, and all the individuals who brought raffle prizes too.

If you would like to help raise money for the school’s minibus fund, please contact Peter Hewitt on 01423 864 583.

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