NPA Raises Thousands For Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Nene Park Academy students and staff have been raising money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for a number of years in memory of Martin Bacon, former executive principal of Nene Park Academy and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), and Cat Black, former English teacher at the Academy, who were both cared for at the hospice.

The Academy’s staff and students hosted a number of events to raise money for the local charity, including their annual whole school sponsored walk, which raised £6,329.75. In addition, Winston House raised a further £1,926.26 as part of their House charity fundraising activities and  Nene Park Academy’s Inspirations Hair and Beauty Salon also raised £116.10 through their pamper evening in November.

Principal, Steve Howard, said: “Sue Ryder is a charity close to our hearts and I am incredibly proud of the way in which the whole school community has continued to support this wonderful charity. Martin Bacon passed away in 2013 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and we continue to fundraise yearly for Sue Ryder to honour him and all the work he did in improving the education for students under his leadership. Over the past three years, we are very proud to have raised almost £20,000 and we will continue to support the wonderful work that Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice does locally.”

The three cheques were presented to Nilesh Patel, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice, during Winston House’s assembly, where Nilesh talked to the students about the work Sue Ryder does and how their donations will make a difference to the patients in their care.

Nilesh said: “Once again pupils and staff at Nene Park Academy have proved what fantastic fundraisers they are. The creativity and focus the youngsters display in their effort to support us continues to impress us. The entire school sponsored walk is a massive undertaking and we’re delighted the organisational effort everyone went to has paid off with such a huge total raised. That amount of cash could pay for a hospice nurse for almost three months – that’s three months of care that’ll be provided to Thorpe Hall patients thanks to the school.”

To find out how you can get involved with fundraising at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, visit