Television star Stephen Fry to open fundraiser for Swaffham school

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Television personality Stephen Fry will visit Swaffham tomorrow to lend his support to a new organisation which is fundraising for a town secondary school.

The QI host is due to open a country fayre organised by the Support the Students Association at the Nicholas Hamond Academy.

The event, which will be held on the field behind the academy on Brandon Road between 11am and 3pm, is the group’s main fundraiser of this year.

And chairman Carol Stuart hopes the fayre will help the association to reach the £5,000 target it needs to break to apply for charity status.

Since its formation earlier this year, the association has already raised around £2,500 through a number of fundraising events.

Mrs Stuart, who is also the academy’s human resources manager, said: “We’re here to support the learning and curriculum of the organisation.

“Sometimes, some extra money is needed to allow departments to do what they want to do and we can help with that.”

She said their efforts had been well received by the school community, adding: “It’s been very positive indeed. People understand what we’re trying to do.”

More than 70 stalls will be set up at the fayre, including charities such as the Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice and the RSPCA, plus independent traders.

There will also be a dog show, archery, a scarecrow corner, a vintage tea tent and a host of other attractions.

Tickets are on sale from the academy, Ceres Bookshop and the Market Cross Cafe for a prize raffle, which includes the chance to win a signed Chelsea shirt.

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