IN PICTURES: Ravenscliffe pupils launch fundraising campaign with spectacular show

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More than 120 young people with special needs performed on stage at the Victoria Theatre as they launched Ravenscliffe School’s ‘Sound as a Pound’ fundraising appeal.

An audience of 1,100 people joined students and staff from Ravenscliffe, its primary feeder schools, Highbury and Woodbank, and local mainstream primary, Copley, to sing, sign and dance though a set that celebrated the 25th birthday of the three special schools in Calderdale.

Demand for places at Ravenscliffe has grown to the point where the existing buildings are no longer big enough to accommodate the students safely. The building was designed for only 69 pupils. Currently, there are 168.

Over the past four years the school’s community has raised an incredible £1.7 million to supplement the £1.6 million of Calderdale Council funding to construct the new Sixth Form building and Community Centre based at Spring Hall Athletics track in Halifax, due to open in Autumn 2018.

Ravenscliffe still needs to find a further funds to complete the costs of equipping the Sixth Form centre.

So, the school launched its ‘Sound as a Pound’ fundraising campaign, hoping to find 100,000 individuals willing to donate £1 each to complete the project.

To donate, text:

ASAP90 £1 to 70070

ASAP90 £5 to 70070

ASAP90 £10 to 70070

Any larger donations may be made directly via the justgiving DONATE option or by contacting the school.

In just three days, the campaign has already raised over £7,000 toward the funding costs of Spring Hall, including one donation of £5,000 from two supporters who wish to remain anonymous.