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School assembly thanks

posted 10/01/2005   expires 10/02/2005
School assembly thanksDr Vivienne van Someren, consultant paediatrician at the Royal Free, went back to school on Friday (7January) to say thank you.

The staff and pupils of Devonshire House School in Hampstead raised more than £23,000 for the hospital and Dr van Someren went to meet and talk to some of the fundraisers.

Addressing an assembly, Dr van Someren said: “I was so impressed by how much money you raised.  We know how hard you worked with fairs and making tea-towels, so thank you very much.”

Other fundraising activities included stalls selling bric-a-brac and lemonade in the hot weather.  Two cookbooks were produced to which parents contributed recipes.  There was also a ladies’ lunch, teddy bears’ tea party and pancake day events.

Dr van Someren explained that the money was going to buy a new scanner for the children’s unit.  “We need lots of machinery and kit and one of those is a scanner,” she told the children.  “With a scanner we can look inside people and see pictures of their body parts, their heart kidneys and liver.  We’re going to buy a scanner like that with your money.”

Many of the pupils had been treated at the Royal Free and were keen to share their experiences with Dr van Someren.  Headmistress Mrs Alexander said, “It really does help them to understand where this money is going.”