Chairman, Colin Pullan and I were pleased to go along to Leeds Grammar School swimming pool where Horsforth School were holding their Swimming Gala. We met fifteen year old Alex Roberts who presented us with a cheque totalling over £600.00 which he has raised for Take Heart with sponsored swims and collections over the last year. He had done this to thank the Yorkshire Heart Centre for delivering his dad back safely after a heart operation.Colin made a speech congratulating Alex on his wonderful achievement and assured him that every penny would be put to good use for the patients in the Heart Wards of Leeds General Infirmary.Readers may be interested to know that Alex is performing in a play at Horsforth School which has been written my one of the teaching staff, James Bovington, about underage soldiers in World War 1. My wife and I are going and hope to see some Take Heart members there as well.Details are reproduced from the school website below.Once again - very many thanks Alex. Bill StevensonTrustee - IT Manager.
Following the success of the first act last July, 12 boys in the Year 10 Drama group will present the second act of ‘The Pals’ at Horsforth School on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July.The play, written by teacher James Bovington, tells the story of Horace Iles, a fourteen year old from Woodhouse who joined the Leeds Pals Battalion underage in 1914 and who at sixteen was the youngest of the Leeds Pals to die that beautiful but fateful July morning a century ago. In the play he and the other underage Pals, some of them based on real characters such as Horsforth’s Frank Clarke aged eighteen, are joined by Tom from the twenty first century thus forging a friendship that spans a hundred years.‘At present we are working hard to learn our lines and rehearsals have started in earnest. We all enjoyed performing in Act One and are looking forward to staging Act Two. It’s going to be longer and better and for many of us it will be our first time acting on the big stage,’ said Josh who plays Horace Iles. ‘However, we’ve got 800 tickets to sell for our four performances so we hope lots of students, parents, Horsforth residents and indeed anyone with an interest in military history will support us, and help us commemorate these young men who gave their lives in our country’s service,’ added Keir who plays Captain George Clifford Whitaker from Horsforth who died aged 28 on 1stJuly 1916.To support Josh, Tom, Keir, Josh, Alex, Oliver, Joe, Aaron, Jabez, Ethan, Sam and Alex and the technical help of Dan, Nathan and Jake in this production, please email Mr Bovington directly for tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or call school on 0113 226 5454.Adult tickets are £4, concessions £3 and £2 for students aged 19 and under. Profits from the play will go to a number of military charities as well as the Horsforth School Battlefields’ trip.Mr Bovington would also like to hear from companies and individuals who would like to sponsor wreathes to be laid by students during the Battlefields’ trip at the graves of local men who fell at the Somme.