Academy Unites to Support Family Following Fire

January 2018

Academy Unites to Support Family Following Fire

Demi-Leigh and her Mum, far right, received the cheque from Head Teacher, Mr Grieveson and her Form Tutor, Mrs Lamb.

Students and staff at King James I Academy have raised £2018.00 to support Year 7 Academy student, Demi-Leigh P and her family, as they look to rebuild their home following a house fire just two weeks before Christmas.

The blaze, which was caused by a washing machine fault, completely destroyed the family home in Crook, along with all personal belongings. All members of the family escaped unhurt and are now settling into their new home.

On hearing the news, staff at the Academy launched a support initiative to ease the immediate difficulties faced by the family. Donations of uniform, clothing and essential items were received, along with Christmas gifts to replace those lost in the fire.

The cash total, which was raised in just two weeks, was presented to Demi-Leigh’s Mum, Natalie by Nick Grieveson, our Head Teacher. He said, “Despite this dreadful experience, Demi-Leigh was up-beat and back in school within days; she has demonstrated a level of resilience that is an inspiration to us all. We hope this money will show how much we care, and that it will help to make life a little easier for the family as they begin a new year in their new home.”

King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ