Huntington School's gift to York Against Cancer

2nd May 2017

York Against Cancer got a major boost when staff and pupils old and new gathered to mark Huntington School’s half-century.

Staff and students from 1966 onwards came along to the 50th anniversary open day, and fundraising efforts including a raffle made a fantastic £500 for our charity.

Joanne Olsen of the Friends of Huntington School and Francine Clee, our communications officer, are pictured with the giant cheque for £500.

Joanne said: “As a school we have lost members of staff to cancer and we wanted to support a local charity so the decision was made to support the good work York Against Cancer does.”

Fran said: “It’s wonderful that even as the school was celebrating its big day, people found the time to think of us.

“We are celebrating our 30th anniversary ourselves in 2017, and this money will be put to excellent use as we look forward to many more years of supporting local people with cancer.”

Those present at Huntington School’s anniversary open day included former deputy head teacher John Hampshire, one of the board that organised the building of the school.

Joanne thanked the open day organising committee, made up of past and current pupils, parents and staff, as well as all those who came along on the day and donated money or prizes for the raffle.

She also paid tribute to the efforts of those behind the school’s Arts Festival, part of the 50th anniversary events and aimed at current students and parents.

The school hall hosted an art exhibition, the library became a music venue and the drama studio hosted dance and drama.  The event was so successful it will be held again this year.