Find Santa event nets heart cash

Staff and students at Fyling Hall School who took part in the 'Find Santa' treasure hunt in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Staff and students at Fyling Hall School who took part in the 'Find Santa' treasure hunt in support of the British Heart Foundation.
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Fyling Hall School have filled Santa’s sack with money for charity after hosting another sucessful ‘Find Santa’ treasure hunt.

Students and staff at the school have raised a fantastic £770 for the British Heart Foundation at their fourth annual festive event.

Around 175 children, aged between four and 19, took part in the event in which pupils were divided into 12 teams, each led by a Santa.

Following cryptic clues, they had to find and complete 12 tasks around the school to win a sack full of prizes from the real Santa, once they found him.

All members of staff took part in the event providing some very imaginative ideas as tasks. Some pupils showed great skill while others displayed plenty of enthusiasm and laughter.

Ken James, Headmaster, says: “We all know someone that’s been affected by heart disease – sadly it touches us all. It’s great to know that our efforts will make a difference in helping to beat heart disease for good.”

The vital funds raised will help the charity in its fight against heart and circulatory disease, the nation’s biggest killer.

As the nation’s heart charity, the British Heart Foundation saves lives every day by funding groundbreaking research, caring for heart patients and supporting their families.

The charity’s information on heart health changes people’s lives, helping them keep their own hearts healthy, it campaigns to help improve the lives of those living with heart disease now, and fights for a healthy heart future for everyone across North Yorkshire.

Sharon Oakley, Fundraising Manager at BHF, says: “I am delighted that Fyling Hall School decided to support the BHF once again this Christmas. The BHF can only continue its life-saving and life-changing work thanks to money raised from events like this, and I’d like to thank all of the staff, students and families involved in making this year’s event a success. The funds raised will truly make a difference to those affected by heart disease”.

The Winning Team included: Maria Neubauer, Kevis Tse, Jensen Shearing, Luis Norton, Kate Lavery, Danielle Halley, Sarah Taylor, Tobias Gregory, Emily Hawkridge, Oliver Sykes, Tegan Robson, Callum Wallis, Fiona Searle, Leon Smith and Jack Drinkwater.

Organisers added they would like to say a special thank you to their special guest Santa, David Marshall.

If you would like to find out more about organising your own fundraising event for the British Heart Foundation charity, or are interested in volunteering, you can contact your local Fundraising Volunteer Manager Sharon Oakley on: (01904) 270 776 or email:

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