THE best of British was on show at a Scarborough performing arts school as students raised money for their classmate’s life-changing operation.
The Stagecoach Scarborough pupils dressed up in red, white and blue in a non-uniform day to boost the fund for India Robertson, who needs around £60,000 for an operation in America.
They were also preparing for Sunday’s Walk for Life, which will see Stagecoach students join hundreds of other walkers who are expected to march along Scarborough’s seafront. This year’s walk has an optional British theme.
At the Walk for Life, Stagecoach walkers are hoping to top up the fund for India further.
The Ebberston 11-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is a candidate for spinal surgery which would relieve spasms in her legs and improve her mobility.
She will travel to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for the procedure, and her family are desperate to raise enough money to send her by this summer. Around £18,000 has already been raised in less than two months.
India’s mum, Jennie Robertson, said: “We’re just thrilled – there’s been so much positive response.
“India loves it at Stagecoach. She’s been going since she was five or six and it’s something she looks forward to every week.
“She particularly likes singing and drama. She’s got some close friends there. It means a lot to see how much everybody cares for her.”
Mrs Robertson also thanked staff at Scarborough Hospital, where India’s dad James is a doctor in the accident and emergency department, for their fundraising efforts.
Nicky Sweeney-Chisholm, principal of Stagecoach Scarborough, added: “The non-uniform day went really well. There were some good ideas – two came as an English double-decker bus.
“I think we raised about £95 on the day to go towards India’s operation and a lot are taking part in the Walk for Life when we hope to raise more money. We’re just hoping for good weather.”
A pairs knock-out darts tournament, with a £1,000 first prize, will be held on March 18 at Flamingo Land to raise money for India’s fund.
Entry to the tournament costs £7.50 per person, entry to the park will not be charged. For more details text 07974395192.