Harrogate schoolgirl to support Leeds Children’s Hospital

Belmont Grosvenor will support Leeds Cares as their charity partner

When Belmont Grosvenor pupil Lola Hardcastle became school charities prefect, the 10-year-old knew exactly what she wanted to do. Her baby brother Teddy had almost died after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage that was only detected when he was a few days old. The  twin was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary and underwent emergency neurosurgery, followed by a series of operations to save his life, and spent his first few months in Leeds Children’s Hospital, where it was also discovered that Teddy was suffering from the blood clotting disorder Haemophilia B.

Now four-years-old and a happy and healthy little boy, Teddy, along with his twin brother Harry, is a pupil at Belmont Grosvenor School alongside big sisters Lola and Sienna.

Lola persuaded the PTA  to choose Leeds Cares as Belmont Grosvenor’s charity for 2019 – and this week community fundraisers dropped into the independent Harrogate school to speak to pupils and staff about their work.

Mum Laura Hardcastle said “Lola was ecstatic when Leeds Cares was accepted as the school’s charity for 2019 – it means so much to her, and all of us, as we, as a family, owe a lot to the Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Already staff and pupils at Belmont Grosvenor have organised a pyjama day to help raise money for Leeds Cares, and other fundraising activities planned include a colour run in May and the school’s annual summer ball in July.

Hannah Parker, Charities Co-ordinator at Belmont Grosvenor, said: “As a school we have a strong sense of community and a tradition of raising money for local good causes The children, staff and parents at BGS are looking forward to supporting Leeds Cares, and Leeds Children’s Hospital, to say thank-you to the support they have provided Teddy and his family.”

Kevin Gerrie, Director of Fundraising at Leeds Cares said the charity was delighted to have been chosen by Belmont Grosvenor: “ The school’s fundraising for Leeds Children’s Hospital will provide vital funds that will mean staff can continue to provide exceptional care like that given to baby Teddy. We’re really excited to see what fundraising activities are planned for 2019!”