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More than 100 pupils at Barlborough Hall School attended the Night for Nepal, sitting down with blankets, pillows and teddy bears to watch the hit animated film, Despicable Me 2, and at the same time show their support and raise money for those affected by the tragedy.

Barlborough Hall is a Jesuit school, and staff and pupils were inspired to help after seeing social media reports from the Jesuit school in Kathmandu, where around 70 staff have been working to support members of their local community.

At the movie night children made donations to the Jesuit Missions Nepal Appeal as staff served treats including popcorn, drinks and hotdogs.

Rebecca Hinchcliffe of year 6 baked a large batch of delicious cupcakes, and encouraged her classmates to ‘buy’ them with donations to the appeal.

The evening ended in contrasting ways, first with the pupils singing and dancing along to YMCA with the Despicable Me 2 ‘minion’ characters, and then with a prayer for the families affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal since 1934.

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Some of the Barlborough Hall pupils who attended the Nepal fundraising event

Barlborough Hall Headteacher, Nic Boys, commented, “Pupils at our school have an excellent track record in helping people less fortunate than themselves, and I am delighted that once again they have been digging deep to help an exceptionally good cause.  There was a tremendous atmosphere at the Night for Nepal, and the event raised a very healthy sum towards the work our Jesuit colleagues are doing to help the families of the 8,000 people killed and 19,000 injured in the disaster.”

Barlborough Hall is the preparatory department of Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill and the fundraising of the whole school community was a grand total of £2,577.