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Students take part in Armed Forces fundraiser
STUDENTS joined forces to raise hundreds of pounds for a growing band of brothers injured or killed serving their country.
Darlington School of Mathematics and Science (DSMS) pupils swapped school uniform for red, white and blue civvies in a major fundraiser for a cause close to their hearts.
Ex-pupils John King and Steven Johnson both lost their lives serving in conflict-ravaged Afghanistan.
Many more DSMS students have siblings, mothers and fathers serving in the Armed Forces and have to live with the daily fear for their welfare.
The non-uniform day raised £427 for the Army Benevolent Fund which looks after injured soldiers and their families.
Regional director of the ABF Major Barney Barnbrook told a special assembly: “This is all about being a patriot and supporting members of the Armed Forces who have supported you in so many wars. This is a legacy for people who have done something for their country.
Deputy headteacher Neil Johnson said: “Our military personnel are away overseas defending our right to live as we want.”
A party of students and headteacher Calvin Kipling then showed the major a new garden of remembrance being created for those who have fallen serving their country in countless war.
He said: “We are very proud of our links with the Armed Forces and rarely does a day go by when conflict somewhere in the world does not have an impact on our lives.
“The garden of remembrance provides a lasting memorial to those who have fallen in the line of duty and a quiet area of contemplation for our staff and students to use.”
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