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Song boosted school mini bus and sensory room fund

Hillside head Alison Foster receives the cheque from Danny and Dawn Mitchell, as bursar Liz Ascroft looks on

Hillside head Alison Foster receives the cheque from Danny and Dawn Mitchell, as bursar Liz Ascroft looks on

A Christmas song has raised almost £3,500 for a Longridge School.

Christmas Time was written and produced by professional singer-songwriter Tony Mitchell and his wife Dawn with a group of friends calling themselves the Fylde Hillbillies in aid of Hillside Specialist School for Children with Autism at Longridge.

Tony and Dawn’s 10-year-old son Danny is a pupil at Hillside where the final total of £3,458.25 has been put towards a mini bus and sensory room for the children at the school.

Tony says they were overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity and amazed that in just 25 days they raised such an amount.

Besides selling the majority of their 2,000 CDs, people were also able to download the single over the internet.

Others chose to give donations or provide sponsorship and the couple also organised a fundraising night in Fleetwood with raffle and auction.

A cheque for the amount has now been officially presented to the school and Tony said: “We are very pleased.

“It took a bit of a chunk out of our lives, but it was well worth it in the end.

“Thanks to you all, Hillside School now, not only have a mini bus but have money towards a new sensory room for the children.

“Once again, thanks to all involved.”

Danny was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and was just one of many children at Hillside who loved going out on trips and to swimming lessons, but had to have their trips put on hold because of a lack of transport.

So to help boost the mini bus fund, the Mitchells set about their song a year last February, enlisting the help of many friends and musicians along the way.

 

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