COLUMN: Peak District community pulls together in the spirit of giving

Hartington School pupils
Hartington School pupils

Last month, Hartington School children were rewarded for their efforts in their British Heart Foundation Swim, through the presentation of a challenge shield by John Dean.

They raised a staggering £1729.31 and demonstrated great character and resilience despite differing abilities – remarkable considering that the school is one of the smallest in the local area, with the community getting involved through collection boxes in both of the village pubs, the British Legion and the Hart in the Country shop.

Alice Bassett

Alice Bassett

Yet Hartington is no stranger to pulling together for charitable causes, with numerous events of the past six months indicating the true community spirit of such a picturesque village.

Before I attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (where I am currently studying for my A Levels), I attended the school and remember fondly all of the charitable causes that we supported, ranging from Red Nose Day to Children In Need.

Despite Hartington being somewhat hidden by the array of walks and activities surrounding it, this “gem” has always worked to ensure that its rural community has a plethora of activities and events for inhabitants of all ages, which makes me very proud to say that I come from such a welcoming and vibrant community.

This started in September with the Macmillan Coffee Morning, where children and staff attended in their pyjamas and sold homemade cakes and traded toys (the students, not the staff!).

Assisted by members of the community including Mrs Kerr and Mrs Morson, a total of £565 was raised, which is incredible for a small school.

This fundraising theme was also present in November with the sold out Remembrance Concert by the Warslow Silver Band and the Buxton Choir contributing to a harmonious total that exceeded £1,000.

By involving people of all ages, Hartington ensures the endeavour to help is installed for the future, creating a stable and loving community for all.