Charity helped by Big Friendly Kids

Bishop Harland CE Primary School celebrate Roald Dahl Day by dressing in his favourite colour, yellow.
Bishop Harland CE Primary School celebrate Roald Dahl Day by dressing in his favourite colour, yellow.
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KIND-HEARTED children went Yummy Yellow to raise money for disadvantaged kids across the country.

Pupils at Bishop Harland CE Primary School, in Red House, were taking part in the Dahlicious Dress Up Day on Friday, to raise money for Big Friendly Giant author Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Given the choice of any Dahl-themed fancy dress, the children opted to don the author’s favourite colour, Yummy Yellow and managed to raise a fantastic £135.35.

Bishop Harland’s deputy head Emma Jarvis said staff were delighted with the commitment pupils had shown to helping others.

She said: “The children really wanted to support a children’s charity in Great Britain, especially one that helps children who have been sick.

“We were thrilled with them and they had an absolutely fantastic time. We’re extremely proud of them. We really have got a fantastic bunch of kids here. They really want to support others and they are always willing to take that extra step.”

The charity, founded in 1991 as the Roald Dahl Foundation by his wife Felicity shortly after his death, supports youngsters with lifelong neurological and blood conditions by funding specialist nurses and carers.

They also set up support groups for families dealing with the effects of such an illness and award grants to hospitals to help improve children’s facilities. Grants are also given to parents, to fund the expensive equipment their child needs.

Louise Robinson, the charity’s community fund-raising manager thanked the school for their efforts and said: ““We are so thrilled that schools up and down the country are joining in on this splendiferous day to raise money for seriously-ill children whilst having lots of fun.

“Roald Dahl believed passionately in helping families in need and we are proud to continue his charitable legacy with the help of Roald Dahl fans young and old throughout the UK.”

Illustrator Quentin Blake brought much of Roald Dahl’s work to life and as president of the charity, he is delighted the author’s name continues to inspire youngsters.

“It is with great joy that I give my support to the Dahlicious Dress Up Day,” he said. “It’s a wonderful way for children to celebrate all those much-loved characters created by Roald Dahl and at the same time raise money to help other children. 

“I am very excited that children will be creating their own interpretation of their favourite character and I can’t wait to see what brilliant ideas they come up with.”

Felicity Dahl added: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Dahlicious Dress Up Day – a fun and creative day which gives children a fantastic opportunity to follow in his footsteps and make life a little better for seriously ill and disabled children.”

Any schools inspired by the Bishop Harland pupils can still join in with the Dahl-themed fun by visiting www.roalddahlcharity.org/schools or calling 01494 890465.

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