A FRUIT cake bidding war helped pupils at Eskdale School raise funds to aid research into a debilitating disease.
Rett Syndrome is the most physically disabling of autistic disorders and the fund-raising event helped raise awareness of the illness, in addition to £223.61.
Year 9 students Emily Tindall, Paige Howard, Alice Smith, Liam Watson and Year 8 student Emily Walker organised the cake sale, with other pupils and staff donating cakes and buns.
Mrs Westwood, the staff member who helped students organise the fundraising, said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who took part, either by donating or buying.
“People really took this fund-raising to their hearts.
“One student generously gave £10, and a bidding war broke out between headteacher Mr Taylor and PE teacher Mr Raw over a donated fruit cake.”
A cheque was presented to Mrs Coates, co-founder and director of the UK branch of the charity.
Mrs Coates, who lives locally, has a child with the condition and gave an talk about the effects it has on young girls soon after they have learned to walk or talk.
The affliction causes symptoms from almost every neurological disorder including loss of speech, motor control and hand use, seizures and impared cardiac, circulatory and digestive functions.
Mrs Landers, who organises the Junior Great North Run fund-raising, also intends to give half the money raised during that event to Rett Syndrome.