Jarrow pupils jump to help raise charity funds

Epinay Business and Enterprise School Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser.  From left Cystic Fibrosis Gemma Williamson and teacher Heidi Finlay.
Epinay Business and Enterprise School Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser. From left Cystic Fibrosis Gemma Williamson and teacher Heidi Finlay.
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Staff and pupils at a South Tyneside school have bounced their way to fundraising success in aid of a charity helping those living with a debilitating disease.

Epinay Business and Enterprise School in Jarrow have this year chosen the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to benefit from cash raised through fundraisers.

Most people don’t understand what cystic fibrosis is or what it does, until someone close to them is affected by it.

Gemma Williamson

The charity was chosen to help teacher Heidi Finlay on her way to reach a £3,000 target.

The teacher of music and RE’s family has been affected by cystic fibrosis and understands first-hand the needs and difficulties of people living with the condition.

She has already taken part in her first marathon in Edinburgh while the school hosted an awareness day with staff and pupils taking to space hoppers to bounce 26.2 miles - the same distance as a marathon.

Gemma Williamson, Community Fundraiser/North said “I am delighted to have been invited to join Epinay School as they take part in our Big Bounce, a big bounce is a great way to raise those much needed funds and it brings a whole lot of fun for all involved! The money raised will help us fight to beat cystic fibrosis and make a daily difference to the lives of those with the condition and the people who care for them.

“Most people don’t understand what cystic fibrosis is, or what it does, until someone close to them is affected by it. They soon discover it’s a life-shortening genetic condition - only half live to celebrate their 40th birthday.”

The faulty gene is carried by over two million people in the UK, most of whom have no idea. If two carriers have children, there’s a one in four chance their child will have the condition, which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.

Most people with cystic fibrosis look perfectly healthy. But it’s a lifelong challenge involving vast daily intakes of drugs, time-consuming physiotherapy and isolation from others with the condition. It places a huge burden on those around them and can critically escalate at any moment.

Heidi with the support of her friends have organised a range of event including a charity dinner and raffle to help hit the fundraising target.

To help Heidi on her mission or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/heidi-victoria or text CFHV99 £5 to 70070.