A barking success

13 Jun 2019 12:00
Published by: Kian French

BEECH Hall School's year-long fundraising for local mental health charity Papyrus continued with a special dog show.

The impressive canine line-up belonging to students, staff and family friends competed across four categories - cutest dog; best trick; agility; and best dressed.

Macclesfield MP and minister for animal welfare David Rutley helped to judge the contest and the Tytherington school's fun afternoon also featured a Hawaiian Beach Party and Mini Olympics.

Papyrus provides mental health support and suicide prevention work aimed primarily at young people.

This is a cause which is close to the student’s hearts' after the tragic loss of a fellow student and friend to suicide last year.

The school is aiming to collect £25,000 for the charity and its fundraising activities began earlier this year with bake sales and bag packing in local supermarkets.

The drive will culminate this summer with youngsters taking part in a Triathlon, involving an 11.2 mile canoe along the length of Windermere, then cycling 106 miles from Kendal back to High Lane in Stockport, before finally walking the 13 miles back to Beech Hall School for a concert, organised by the students.

The school has an active Virgin Money Giving page, and all donations can be made at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BeechHallMegaTriathlon

Mr Rutley said: "I was pleased to join students, their families, and staff, for this fun-filled afternoon.

"I was hugely impressed to hear about the very ambitious fundraising activities the students are embarking on, for an incredibly important and worthwhile cause.

"The young people involved deserve our strongest admiration and support, and I wish them every success in the Triathlon later this year."

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