Burns survivor says thanks to pupils for raising charity cash

VISIT Nicole Jefferies thanks pupils at Brune Park Community School. Pictures: Steve Reid (122088-023)
VISIT Nicole Jefferies thanks pupils at Brune Park Community School. Pictures: Steve Reid (122088-023)
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STUDENTS at a Gosport school have raised more than £2,000 to support a burns charity.

Pupils from Brune Park Community College hosted a variety show earlier this year called Do Something Amazing to raise money for the Katie Piper Foundation.

CHEQUE Nicole receives the donation from pupils           (122088-38)

CHEQUE Nicole receives the donation from pupils (122088-38)

The charity was set up by Katie, a young woman who suffered horrific burns after she had acid thrown in her face.

Burns survivor Nicole Jefferies visited the school to give a talk about the foundation and to accept the cheque for £2,222.12 on behalf of the charity.

The 45-year-old suffered 33 per cent burns to her face, hands, arms, and legs in a house fire.

She lived in Portsmouth for four years and now works as a volunteer for the charity.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic – it’s going to help so much.

‘They put so much effort in and to choose the charity in the first place is great.

‘There aren’t that many people with burns and scars as horrible as mine but there are people who don’t realise that there are things that can give them confidence.

‘It’s the little things like skin restoration.

‘It makes you feel good about yourself again.

‘The foundation has helped me enormously over the last year and such magnificent fundraising by Brune Park will enable the foundation to provide invaluable support and help to other burns survivors.’

Performing arts teacher Emma Godsall said: ‘We are proud of each and every one of our students for their contribution that helped to make the fundraising event such a success.

‘The whole event was student-driven from the initial conception to the final bow.

‘They were given the opportunity to vote for their choice of charity and the Katie Piper Foundation won a unanimous vote.

‘The same passion, drive and commitment continued when the student body started to plan the variety show.

‘Everyone involved in the show made it a fantastic spectacle for the parents, audience and visiting dignitaries.’

Carol Borwick, head of fundraising at the Katie Piper Foundation, said: ‘We’re so grateful to everyone at Brune Park.

‘The money raised will help us make a difference to burns survivors through life-changing treatments and workshops.’