Castle School sixth formers' fund raising calendar

Gazette Series: Castle School pupils Tommy Thorn,17, George Bush,17, George MacGillivray,17, and Kalon Newbury,17, with Tina Mitchell Skinner of Hammer Out in Thornbury and the calendar they have produced for the  charity (2853985) Castle School pupils Tommy Thorn,17, George Bush,17, George MacGillivray,17, and Kalon Newbury,17, with Tina Mitchell Skinner of Hammer Out in Thornbury and the calendar they have produced for the charity (2853985)

FOUR students at the Castle School, Thornbury, have created a calendar to raise money for the town-based Hammer Out charity.

The sixth formers are all studying subjects linked to the media, photography and business and have put what they have learnt into practice by completing the project.

The result of their efforts is now on sale to help those diagnosed with a brain tumour, as well as their families, through the provision of practical guidance, emotional support, information about treatments and coping with bereavement.

Taking the theme of the environment, the 17-year-olds produced images of Thornbury and surrounding areas for the calendar, with familiar landmarks and lesser known features included - from the Severn Bridge to the wall and gates of Thornbury Castle.

The calendar is now on sale from Hammer Out's headquarters in Midland Way or through its website at a cost of £5 and, where necessary, £1 postage and packing. Orders can also be taken by phoning 01454 414355.

All the money raised will help Hammer Out continue its work across the South West and the Midlands.

The pupils involved in the project were George Bush and Tommy Thorn, of Thornbury; George MacGillivray, of Severn Beach, and Kalon Newbury, of Filton.

Tina Mitchell-Skinner, Hammer Out's chief executive, said she was delighted the charity had been involved with a volunteering scheme at the school.

She said: "The students who have designed and produced our 2014 calendar have demonstrated impressive skills and we are very proud of the result. It is full of stunning photos and in our view is a must for every Christmas stocking - and for the walls of all Thornbury businesses.

"Thornbury has some very fine and talented young people, so please let's show them our support."

Hammer Out is the South West's only brain tumour charity. It was founded by Tina after her husband, Paul Mitchell, was diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumour in 2001.

Paul, a fan of West Ham Football Club, died aged just 37 in January, 2003, and the charity was named after his team - known to its fans as the Hammers.

It now runs 11 groups between Plymouth and the Midlands and employs two dedicated family support workers, as well as a support and fundraising team.

As well as the calendar, it also has Christmas cards for sale and is running a blind auction through its website up to December 16 for a locally made cake.

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