St Albans school’s fundraiser at Arsenal hub for amputee charity
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An international disability charity which provides limbs for children in less developed countries is to receive hundreds of pounds after a recent football fundraiser.
Five student teams from St Columba’s College, King Harry Lane, travelled to the Arsenal Hub in London in aid of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH).
Sarah Hope, of Harpenden, founded the charity after her daughter, Pollyanna, lost her right leg below the knee when a bus hit her on a pavement in south London in 2007.
Pollyanna was two years old at the time and the same collision left her mum badly injured and killed her grandmother, Elizabeth.
Joe Tatham, who coordinates charities at St Columba’s, said there were 10 teams altogether at the event, with members of the Arsenal amputee team providing referees and coordinating the day at the Gunners’ community hub, near the Emirates Stadium.
He said that £500 was raised during the course of the day, and it was hoped that amount would increase to enable the school to donate close to £1,000 to the charity, which provides support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care.
Arsenal fan James Bromfield, Year 12, said the school became involved in helping the charity as Sarah Hope’s son, Barnaby, was a former pupil.
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James, 16, said that after the school learned of the tragic incident involving members of Barnaby’s family, “we started fundraising. ELoH has been our house charity for a few years now. As an Arsenal fan, we contacted Arsenal to see what we could do, and they told us about the community hub.
“We have had a lot of support from the school, and I’m pleased with how much money has been raised. We were also pleased to see amputees there, and to see them being so active.”
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