Busy time for Coningsby and Tattershall young carers

Barnes Wallis Academy head Paul MacLeod EMN-150126-135354001
Barnes Wallis Academy head Paul MacLeod EMN-150126-135354001

It has been a busy time for young carers at the Barnes Wallis Academy in Tattershall.

They’ve visited a pantomime, raised money for a children’s hospital and taken part in a first-aid session with LIVES.

The young carers - and other selected students - attended a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness.

The visit was organised in recognition of the support the students give to their families.

The Woodhall Spa Rotary Club provided the tickets for and transport - as well the lunch students enjoyed - was kindly paid for by The Horncastle Health and Wellbeing Fund.

A young carer who went on the trip said: “It was a brilliant treat from the start of the day to the end.”

The trip is one of many ways that Barnes Wallis Academy tries to recognise students’ hard work throughout the year.

The young carers have also been busy raising £60 for the Great Ormand Street Hospital (GOSH).

The initiative was part of the GOSH festive poster appeal.

The campaign, set up by the Children’s Hospital, involved putting up posters for pupils and staff to write messages on in exchange for a donation.

These messages were either to friends, colleagues or to the children staying at the hospital during the festive period.

One member of staff who took part in the campaign said: “It was great that everybody was able to save money on buying Christmas cards and that we were able to raise money for a great charity in the process.”

Once all the festive messages had been written, the academy returned the posters to GOSH so that they could be displayed in the hospital wards, ready for them to help raise smiles at Christmas.

The LIVES visit to the Academy took place last month.

The students learned how to treat burns, scalds, fits, and heart attacks as well as what to do when somebody becomes unconscious.

Academy Principal Paul MacLeod said: “It is extremely important that students have the opportunity to learn crucial, life-saving tips.”