Corby students raise hundreds of pounds for charity in memory of Macy

These Year 11 pupils at Kingswood Secondary Academy have raised money for Macys Memory

These Year 11 pupils at Kingswood Secondary Academy have raised money for Macys Memory

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A group of Year 11 students helped raise hundreds of pounds for a charity set up in memory of a little girl who died aged just 22 months.

Pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy presented the cheque to Katrina Baker, mum of Macy who died from a rare genetic disorder in March 2008, after they walked more than eight miles at East Carlton Park.

A massive thank you to the students

Katrina Baker

The group of Year 11 COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) students organised last month’s sponsored walk as part of one of their modules in which they had to do something to help or support their local community.

Course co-ordinator Theresa George said: “We have raised £681, but by the end, and with Gift Aid, it will be around £1,000.

“We set ourselves a target of £250 so we are very proud of ourselves.”

Theresa, who knows Katrina, suggested they support Macys Memory as a family in the area which has had to go through the devastation of losing a child.

She added: “It’s really good for them to understand that sometimes they go through difficult stages, but there is always someone worse off.

“And it’s nice for them to see their hard work pay off and to see what their money is going towards.”

The students used various ways to raise the money, including asking classmates to support them or make a donation, asking their parents to take the sponsorship form to work with them or seeing what they could collect from their teachers.

They also took a tin on the walk to see if they could collect some extra money from people visiting the park that day.

Theresa added: “They were all fantastic, we are very proud of them.”

Katrina went along to the school last week to speak to the students about Macy and what she went through before losing her brave fight on March 4, 2008.

She said: “A massive thank you to the students and Theresa who did a sponsored walk for Macys Memory.

“They have raised an amazing amount of funds for us, it is an awful lot of money for us.”

Macys Memory was set up by Katrina with the aim of helping families with terminally ill children.

They help to fund various items, including last wish UK holidays and sensory items, as well as funding funerals and memorials to help families at the worst stage of child loss.

The charity supports families within a 200-mile radius of NN18.

For more information about the charity go to www.macysmemory.co.uk.