CHARITABLE students at Rossett School have done their bit to support the Band Aid 30 appeal raising money to fight the ebola crisis in West Africa.

However, far from just buying the single, the students collaborated to recreate the song at the school’s Winter Warmer concert, impressing a delighted audience with their performance.

They were part of a night of entertainment which included pop songs, Christmas carols and classical pieces from The Nutcracker, performed by students of all ages either as soloists or in ensembles, using a wide range of instruments.

Head of Music Robin Durbin said: “It was a fantastic evening with an enormous variety of performances which showcased the incredible talent so many of our students have for music.

“The audience really enjoyed the evening and appreciated the hard work that had gone into preparing for it. The students were determined to raise a lot of money, which will be split between Children in Need and the Band Aid 30 appeal, so they know the proceeds are going to two important causes helping people who are much less fortunate than us.

“I can’t think of a better way to finish the Christmas term.”

Meanwhile, students finished the term on a festive note with a Christmas jumper day. They each donated £2, with the £1,300 raised being given to the Life on Ice fund for kidney research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which is celebrating its 4,000th kidney transplant – and counts Rossett student Hannah Whitaker, 14, among its former patients.

Head teacher Helen Woodcock said: “The Christmas jumper day was a real success and there was a fantastic atmosphere around the school, with students and staff all in a huge variety of festive clothing.

“As well as having some traditional Christmas jumpers on show, a lot of students had decorated their own plain jumpers with tinsel, baubles and even lights, and some of the results were very striking.

“Having Hannah in school and very healthy reminds us how important the work of the renal transplant team is, so we were delighted to be able to support them with our fundraising this year.”