Cramlington school supports charity with custard pie throwing

Teachers at Shanklea Primary School in Cramlington went in the stocks to raise money for a charity set up in the name of a local footballer


Custard pies were flying as teachers took to the stocks to raise money for a charity set up in the name of a Northumberland footballer.

Staff from Shanklea Primary School at Cramlington allowed themselves to be pelted in aid of the Scott Bell Fund, formed in the name of the former Blyth Spartans player who died from Motor Neurone Disease.

Children at the school have also been learning about the disease in lessons and made cupcakes to raise funds for the charity, as well as posters promoting the event.

The school’s efforts were last night applauded by Scott’s widow.

The player died last November aged 35 after battling the muscle degenerative disease for more than two years.

The Scott Bell Fund saw the player campaign to raise money and awareness of the condition, despite his personal battle, while family and friends helped raise nearly £80,000.

The fund donates 50% of all money raised to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the remainder was used to support Scott and wife Louise.

Her friend Lisa Haslam has a son at Shanklea school and asked staff if they could help the fund in any way.

The school already had participants doing the junior Great North Run and Children’s Cancer Run for other charities and had lined up its summer fair to raise money for the Parent Teachers and Friends Association.

However, staff agreed to face a barrage of custard pies to support the fund.

As children and parents enjoyed the fair after school, teachers and even Shanklea’s headteacher and deputy headteacher went in the stocks.

Pupils, parents and colleagues paid for the chance to pelt them with pies. In all, over £100 was raised for the fund.

Children had been taught about the disease which killed Scott in lessons, had designed the posters advertising the day and made cupcakes to sell in aid of the charity.

Deputy head Lindsay Carr said the school had decided to help given Scott’s high profile in the area.

He said: “I was not keen but we have had great fun. We are a good team so once one of us joined in, we all did. It is all for a good cause.”

Louise, who watched as the teachers were splatted, said: “They were really enthusiastic and came up with the idea of doing the custard pie the teacher and also selling cupcakes.

“I am obviously incredibly grateful to the school and everyone who gave their time to help organise today. They also spent some time talking to the children before today which I think is really important and a good thing to do.

“The children were aware of why they were trying to raise money and what it was for, which was really nice. The teachers had to find the time to do that in a busy schedule. I think that is a really good thing that they did as well.”

The fair saw pupils playing basketball with representatives of the Newcastle Eagles and enjoying beat the goalies, needle in a haystack and beat the buzzer. There were also rides, nail and face painting, cake stalls and refreshments.

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