17:59 Friday 07 February 2014

School staff set to jump to £10,000 charity target

Written bySARAH BOULD

06/02/14 13 staff at de Ferrers are aiming to raise 10k for charity - Burton, BurtonDe Ferrers teachers raising money for charity.. 06/02/14 13 staff at de Ferrers are aiming to raise 10k for charity - Burton, BurtonDe Ferrers teachers raising money for charity..

A TEAM of thirteen staff from a Burton school have signed up for an extreme challenge that will see them jump from a height of 160 feet for charity.

The group, who work at de Ferrers Academy, want to raise £ 10,000 in total for children’s charity Wish Upon a Star, and have already begun a major fund-rasing drive ahead of the brave feat which takes place on March 15.

Greg Hand, director of key stage four at the academy told the Mail: “A few staff got together to come up with fund-rasing ideas and decided to do a bungee jump.

“I then got it out there to all staff to see who wanted to take part, and we decided on the charity Wish Upon a Star.”

The challenge will involve a 160 foot plunge from Salford Quays in Manchester.

Only one member of the team has done a bungee jump before.

Greg said: “A couple of people are scared that they won’t be able to do it. But we are more concerned about raising the money.”

On the day of the challenge they will then return to the academy for a race night to raise funds for a different charity.

To kick-start the fund-raising a number of events have been organised, the main one being a family fun day which will be held on March 8 between 1pm and 4pm at the Trent campus.

Wristbands and badges will also be sold at the academy.

The team will also be bag packing at Morrisons in Branston tomorrow between 9am and 6pm.

Then on Saturday March 2 a jumble sale style event will be held.

The brave team includes teaching assistants, support staff and heads of years. So far they have raised £241.

Wish Upon a Star was set up 22 years ago and aims to grant the wishes of children suffering from life threatening illnesses. This could include a dream trip to Disneyland or meeting an idol.

To sponsor the team log on to Justgiving.com/deferrersbungee

To donate by text send a message with defa99 and the amount to 70070.

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