Pupils at Abbey Gate College took to the stage recently to entertain friends and family all in the name of charity.
Numerous pupils at the co-educational school for children aged 4 to 18, had never performed in public before yet wowed the audience with dancing, singing, poetry and even magic! The show included pupils from as young as 9 up to the more experienced Sixth Formers.
Organising the show, which welcomed a 200-strong audience, was Head Girl Heather Churchill-Evans, who along with science teacher Lou Poyser, decided to dedicate all proceeds from the evening to local charity TRN (trauma response network).
TRN was set up by Sean Gardner who, in 2017 along with his daughters (both of whom attend Abbey Gate College), was at the devastating terrorist attack at the Arianna Grande performance at the MEN Arena, which saw 22 people killed.
Sean, who was picking up one daughter whilst the other waited in the car, witnessed the tragic event and in the aftermath struggled to find the psychological support he needed from local agencies and so set up TRN.
Sean said: “The aim of TRN is to help those affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) caused by a range of situations, all supported by qualified EMDR specialists. We’re a not-for-profit service but strive to provide immediate mental health first aid to those who need it.
“The night of the MEN bombing changed a lot of peoples’ lives, ours included, but in setting up TRN I’m pleased to be able to take something from it that will assist other people dealing with severe trauma and help them to carry on despite what they have been through.
“The money raised at the variety show will help our charity enormously and we’re very grateful to all the pupils and staff who organised it. It was a brilliant evening!”
For more information on TRN https://www.traumaresponsenetwork.org/.
Published: Thursday, 11th April 2019