Normally, that would make the last Friday before the holiday a time to celebrate. But not yesterday.
Sarah spent the afternoon at the funeral of one of her pupils: an eighteen year old girl killed in a road traffic accident last weekend. Having sustained serious head-injuries, the girl was transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where she received phenomenal care in the Neurosciences Department. This department helps patients who have suffered head injury, strokes or have cancers of the nervous system. They also help those with brain tumours, other diseases of the nervous system, MS and Parkinson's disease as well as Motor Neurone disease, epilepsy and many more.
The Neurosciences Department has some of the best and most advanced equipment in the UK, but they still have lots of work to do. Neurocare raise money to provide the hospital with high-tech equipment that the NHS otherwise could not afford. The girl's family have decided to raise money for Neurocare in memory of their beautiful daughter, Hollie. I'd like to help. So I've created a JustGiving page of my own to raise money for the skilled and compassionate work of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital - work which benefits patients nationwide. It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card, or using PayPal - just go to my JustGiving page. JustGiving sends your donation straight to Neurocare and automatically reclaims Gift Aid on all eligible donations, so what you give is worth even more.
I hope you'll join me in supporting Neurocare.
And - if any additional incentive were needed - everyone who donates will have a chance to win this:
No, not Charlie - the hat he's modelling: a Brawn GP cap signed by Formula One World Champion Jenson Button... (courtesy of Sarah's brother, who works for the team - thanks Rob!)
All you have to do is make a donation at JustGiving and leave a comment below.