Amazing act of kindness as Holly and Phil donate 5K to school who faced funding cuts.
The video has now caught the attention of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield which left the teachers in tears after they donated £5K of their own money to the performing arts school in Hartlepool.
DR Ranj was broadcasting live from Catcote Academy in Hartlepool, a specialist school where all students have learning difficulties meaning they often struggle within a general state school environment.
When they made the shock announcement that will secure the future of the school.
The school supports students who have day to day communication and are unable to express themselves. Which means performing arts which was cut within the school is an important part of developing the students confidence.
Who saw @CatcoteAcademy on @thismorning earlier today? Here, Dr Ranj Singh talks about the fantastic students & staff at Catcote, and why everyone should support their fundraising efforts. #LoveHartlepool pic.twitter.com/YQsWFbodKg
— Love Hartlepool (@Love_Hartlepool) July 12, 2019
The school faced government funding cuts which ment that Performing Arts teachers needed a creative way to raise funds for the performing arts programme so teacher Rick Kitson began uploading the lipdub videos of students in July 2018 and launched fundrasing.
However the school still needed £3.5K to reach their target to enable them to buy equipment equipment, microphones and set hires for their productions.
In steps the TV producers at ITV who bring the fundraising to the attention of Holly and Phil who donate £2.5K of their own money.
Phil, 57, said: ‘We’ve got a surprise for everyone because as a gift to everyone, we’d like to make up the difference from This Morning the show and top up the funds to the £5000. If you have a look at your page, we’ve already done it.’
As the school children cheered, Holly, 38, then said: ‘Just a little extra, Phil and I watching, we were so moved that between us we would like to put on another £5000 for the following year so that’s two years worth of funding because you’re just amazing.
‘Keep up the amazing work.’
The school’s head of performing arts Rick was left in tears by the kind gesture after the mid-morning stalwart donated £8,500 in total to the school.