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Fete success delights Swaffham school’s supporters

Support the Students Country Fayre at Nicholas Hamond Academy Swaffham.
Front centre, Stephen Fry with Cheryl Hill (Academy Principal) and Air Cadets Catherine Lee and Kieran D'Aeth, along with other official guests and visitors to the Fayre which Stephen opened. ANL-141207-210919009

Support the Students Country Fayre at Nicholas Hamond Academy Swaffham. Front centre, Stephen Fry with Cheryl Hill (Academy Principal) and Air Cadets Catherine Lee and Kieran D'Aeth, along with other official guests and visitors to the Fayre which Stephen opened. ANL-141207-210919009

Thousands of pounds were raised to support students at a Swaffham secondary school during a fundraising fete at the weekend.

Organisers estimate that more than 500 people attended the event on the field behind the Nicholas Hamond Academy on Saturday, which was opened by television personality Stephen Fry.

And Carol Stuart, chairman of the Support the Students Association which raises funds for the school, said the QI presenter was a hit with the crowds.

She said: “A lot of people went to see him and he stayed much longer than his original plan. He was very eloquent in his speech.”

Mrs Stuart said many visitors had enjoyed the festivities so much they hope the group will do it all again next year, though she is remaining cautious.

She said: “I’m not saying it will become an annual event, but it will develop from here.”

It is estimated that around £3,000 was raised during the fete, which the association, which was only formed in January, hopes will lift them beyond the £5,000 target they need to break in their first year in order to be able to apply for formal charity status.

Mrs Stuart said: “I’m really pleased with what we have achieved.”

As well as staging the fete, the association organises termly bingo sessions and car boot sales, with the next events planned for October and November.

 

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