St Albans pupils kiss and tell all about Ugandan charity

Head girl and boy Bethany Hyne and Rob Hunter are gunged for KISS Uganda charity fundraising

Head girl and boy Bethany Hyne and Rob Hunter are gunged for KISS Uganda charity fundraising - Credit: Archant

Senior teachers at a St Albans secondary school puckered up for its first-ever KISS week - but it was more to fight off the effect of being gunged than for any more amorous reason.

Headteacher Declan Linnane and deputy head Bernie Whittle were among the staff who allowed themselves to be gunged during the first KISS Week at Nicholas Breakspear School in Colney Heath Lane.

It was held to raise money for KISS, a charity that lives and supports the community in Uganda by such actions as helping children through education or giving them vaccinations.

The student leadership team at the school travelled to Uganda during the last autumn half term break and after seeing firsthand the conditions in which the Ugandans lived and the impact of KISS, they decided to raise money for the charity through a specially-designated week.

The KISS Week culminated in a fancy dress day which saw staff dressed up as giant hot dogs and students turning up as Men in Black.

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The head, deputy head and head boy and head girl, Rob Hunter and Bethany Hyne, allowed themselves to be gunged and there were numerous stalls which proved popular with the students.

KISS Week raised £5,500 for the charity but the fundraising is ongoing. The next event is a quiz night for families on Friday, April 24, and anyone interested in going along should contact

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