Smiley Riley Fund boosted by vintage-themed event

York Press: At the Smiley Riley Fun Day Goes Vintage at Joseph Rowntree School are, from left, Emma Armstrong, Kimberley Scott, Tina Hull, Judy Mallinson and Mick Hull At the Smiley Riley Fun Day Goes Vintage at Joseph Rowntree School are, from left, Emma Armstrong, Kimberley Scott, Tina Hull, Judy Mallinson and Mick Hull

A FUN day with a difference was held at a York school in support of a local charity this weekend.

Staff and pupils at Joseph Rowntree School hosted a vintage-themed event in support of the Smiley Riley Fund, which was set up to help pay living and travel costs for parents and carers whose children are undergoing chemotherapy.

The fund was formed in memory of Riley Plant, from Burnholme, who died in September 2012 aged 21 months after battling a rare and incurable brain tumour, and has already raised more than £72,000.

This weekend's event saw a vintage tea party at the school, with music from Mickey Ramsbottom and the Alka Seltzer Sisters, along with a live broadcast by Minster FM.

Simone Potter, one of the organisers of the event, said: "It went really well, with an excellent turnout. I was so surprised at how many people came. We had 90-year-old people dancing in the tea room and little toddlers toddling around.

"We don't know yet how much was raised as it's all being totalled up but I think we're looking at about £2,500 in total, I think we had 600 or so people join us."

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