Drone photos/video by Ian Clark
On Friday (6th July) Offley Primary Academy, along with the other schools within The St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust, celebrated its own special ‘Disney Day’ to raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Make A Wish, launched in 1986, was inspired by the story of Chris Greicius – a young boy fighting leukaemia in the USA.
The foundation was formed to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, with its first ‘wish’ granted to Anthony from Liverpool who went on a magical trip with his family to Disney World Florida.
Today, the charity has grown in size and has granted wishes to thousands of children across the UK – whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero or having a life-changing bedroom makeover.
Members of the St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust pupil parliament decided they would like to work together to raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation, and each school planned its own activities to raise money.
At Offley Primary, children and staff dressed up and bought in donations, while parents also joined in by donating cakes for the children to sell.
The school raised £370 and will put this together with the donations from the other trust schools across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Together, they also took part in a world record attempt.
At 9.15am, all the children at the trust’s fifteen schools went out onto their respective school fields or playgrounds and sang the song ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’.
(It’s not yet known if they have achieved the record, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.)
Offley Primary decided to mark the occasion by standing together to form a giant star shape on their field to represent the song’s lyrics.
Principal Jill Robertson said: “We are hoping to have made a difference to at least one child whose wish may now come true.”