St Albans teenagers donate £1,000 prize money to The Hospice of St Francis

The winning team in the First Give competition, presenting a cheque to The Hospice of St Francis

The winning team in the First Give competition, presenting a cheque to The Hospice of St Francis - Credit: Archant

Student competition winners have donated their £1,000 prize money to help people with life limiting illnesses.

Year 9 teenagers from St Albans Girls’ School won the First Give competition, in which teams have to create a video and PowerPoint presentation to promote a local charity.

Inspiration for the winning video came from a member of the team’s uncle, Philip Crane, who passed away in April last year from stomach cancer aged just 49.

The video follows him and his family after the diagnosis in November 2015, and the care he received from the Hospice of St Francis.

After claiming the top spot against 49 other teams from the same school, the team decided to donate the prize money to the hospice.


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His niece Sophie Angel, 14, who was on the team, said: “We chose the Hospice of St Francis because of the recent and ongoing support they are giving to my family.

“It was truly eye-opening to discover so much about the exceptional work that they do and we know that the £1,000 will benefit the hospice and will go towards such a worthy cause.”

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Other team members were Saasha Anawar, 13, Holly Spencer, 13, Molly Johnston, 13 and Ruth Quillin-Creamer, 13.

Sarah Adjer, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “They did a tremendous job putting together the video and presentation and it’s brilliant to see that all their hard work has paid off.”

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