Dec 08 - Teachers get a wet Christmas Stock-ing

Claire Parsons, a teacher at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School got a bit of a soaking this week. Wet sponges were thrown at the teacher by pupils as she sat in stocks in front of Gatton Hall as part of a campaign to raise funds for friend Melissa Huggins who is fighting cancer.

Melissa Huggins has a life-threatening Ependymoma Brain Tumour and her only hope of a cure is treatment costing £150,000 that is only available in the USA. Friends and family are rallying round to try and raise the funds needed.

Claire managed to convince other teachers to join in with her fundraising initiative – to the delight of pupils who gleefully paid £1 to throw wet sponges at their teachers without fear of being given a detention.

Claire said “I wanted to find a way of raising funds for my friend which would be something fun for the children at the end of term. The children have really enjoyed giving us a soaking and with this and other events, we have raised over £1,300 towards the cost of Melissa’s treatment."

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