'Heart-warming' rainbow-themed mufti day at Northampton schools raises £800 for NHS

'I’d like to say a massive well done and thank you to everyone who took part and donated'

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:27 pm

Pupils from several schools in Northampton dressed up in the colours of the rainbow to raise money more than £800 for the NHS on Friday (March 5).

East Midlands Academy Trust schools also painted their faces with rainbows and created rainbow-coloured art as part of the fundraiser.

Children learning from home shared photos of their colourful costumes which were then published on the trust’s social media channels.

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Both in-school and at-home pupils got involved with the rainbow-themed mufti day at Northampton International Academy. Photos: East Midlands Academy Trust

The aim of the event was to recognise those in the NHS who have cared for people affected by coronavirus and to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Trust chief executive Joshua Coleman said: “As a family of schools, we wanted to give something back to the heroes in the NHS who have cared for us and our loved ones during this pandemic.

“We also thought it would be a fantastic event to spread some positivity and to involve our pupils both in school and at home to mark the final day before schools re-open this week.

“Seeing the photos of our pupils in their fantastic rainbow-coloured outfits and how much effort they put in was truly heart-warming.

Hardingstone Academy pupils with an impressive balloon rainbow. Photo: East Midlands Academy Trust

"We also heard some incredibly moving stories of families who have been personally affected by Covid and how much this event meant to them as a way of saying thank you to the NHS.

“I’d like to say a massive well done and thank you to everyone who took part and donated.”

Northampton schools ran by East Midlands Academy Trust include Castle Academy, Hardingstone Academy, Northampton International Academy and Stimpson Avenue Academy.

Stimpson Avenue Academy pupils and a teacher in their colourful outfits. Photo: East Midlands Academy Trust