Sporting girls do their bit

THE Year 11 girls basketball team from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth spent a whole day running events to raise money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation.

This charity was chosen as one of the players, Gemma Hodgkinson, lost her father Darran to a heart attack last year.

The day started with a coffee morning for the staff. With lots of cakes made by the girls and some of the staff, the sugar intake was much needed by the staff who had embarked on the new timetable for the year ! A raffle was also being run with great prizes including a long weekend in a holiday cottage and free theatre tickets. A guess the song competition provided by BHF was also enjoyed at the coffee morning.

At lunchtime, the girl’s organised and ran a basketball competition for the school. Three teams competed in a fiercely competitive competition with the year 11 boys coming out winners and receiving a big box of maltesers as a prize.

The day culminated in a charity basketball game between the Year 11 girls and the staff who competed for the Darran Hodgkinson Memorial Cup.

The game proved an exciting encounter with the score going backwards and forwards and being played at a ferocious pace.

There was lots of cheering from the many supporters and this very close game ended up with the girls just finishing in front by two points.

The boys from the basketball teams ably manned the table and managed the girl’s team.

A big thank you to all the people who got involved with this event and all the support the girls received. We are now hoping to make this an annual event to compete for the cup provided by the Hodgkinson family.

The girls put in a massive amount of effort and because of this an impressive total of £462.27 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.

Congratulations to Gemma Hodgkinson, Evie Allsopp, Jade Boam, Alix Pressley, Amy Mycock, Alix Rollinson, Olivia Tallis and Lizzie Whittall for their efforts on the day.