School swaps ties for pyjamas

Graham School Onesie Day
Graham School Onesie Day

A charity founded at a Scarborough school was boosted by a fundraising day in which pupils donned onesies for their classes.

Staff and pupils at Graham School zipped up their all in one suits to raise money for their charitable cause Abaana Hope, which is part of the international charity Hope for Children.

The project, set up at Graham School by three students supported by teacher Mrs Armstrong, aims to improve the lives of street children in Kampala, Uganda.

Street children in this region primarily survive by rummaging through landfills to find food to eat, and items that they can sell to support themselves and their families. 

With the help of supporters the project aims to provide the vulnerable children with support packs containing items that will make their lives both safer and easier.

The word “Abaana” originates from the Swahili language used in Uganda and means “children”.

AbaanaHope was the brainchild of three students Tom Cooper, Charlotte Deller and Juliette Green who attended Graham School.

The trio came up with the idea for the charity as part of an entry to a competition that ran through the Solution for the Planet organisation.

They reached the finals at the Palace of Westminster, in London, and although the project did not win, the students along with support from their teacher, Mrs Armstrong, continued to strive to make their project a reality.

Various meetings took place and Hope for Children were contacted. The charity helped the team develop the idea and the charity was born.

The logo was created by the three students and street children in Uganda during a live conference call.

Teachers at Graham School say they are proud to support this cause and will continue to do so in the future.

Last Friday, Graham School held a fundraising day to support the charity and £900 was raised in support of AbaanaHope.

A spokeperson from Graham School said: “Many students and staff wore onesies or Pyjamas and the amount of support for the charity was unbelievable.

“Students were truly excited to be raising money for such a good cause.”

Lots of other fundraising activities took place throughout the fundraising day including a Wellie Wang, a raffle, a tug of war between staff and students, cake stalls and a chocolate fountain.

People wanting to learn more about AbaanaHope, can visit their website at, where it is also possible to donate to help improve the lives of Ugandan Street Children.

A facebook page is also available online at