A college’s fundraising appeal towards a permanent canopy protecting students from the sun’s harmful rays has eclipsed the £1,000 mark. The Shade appeal was launched by John Ferneley College in July.
The canopy, expected to cost about £6,000, was the idea of the dad of a student, Pete Ailmore (49), who died in June after a 16-month battle with skin cancer (malignant melanoma).
He’d wanted a sun shelter to be erected at the college to protect future generations from dangerous UV rays.
A college spokeswoman said: “To date we’ve raised £1,221. Our next big push will be after Christmas as we kick off celebrations for our 50th birthday. We’ll be selling a book that details the history of Ferneley to raise funds.”
A fundraising evening will be held on Saturday, November 16 at the Market Tavern in Scalford Road, 7.30pm to midnight. The college’s performing arts students will perform ‘We Will Rock You’, the band Riff Trade and singer Matt Bloomfield will be performing and lots more entertainment will be in store. Tickets are £5 and available from Shane Mousley & Son Independent Funeral Directors in Cranmere Road, Melton. Call (01664) 561 400.
Tickets are also available from the Sit and Settle cafe in Nottingham Street, call (01664) 500 050, and from Laura Skipper, call (07791 838 514).
Anyone who would like to make a donation towards the appeal can call the college on (01664) 565 901 or email email@example.com