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Nine members of staff at Derby High School have given up chocolate for a month to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
The fundraising drive has been led in school by Year 5 teacher Sara Evans-Bolger who has previously taken part in BHF’s Dechox.
Other members of staff taking part are Michelle Hannaford, Hannah Law, Karen Tudor, Rowena Ford, Chaplain Jo Whitehead, Caroline Courtney-Hale, Danielle Hyland and Jenny Bowden.
As part of the Dechox campaign the BHF is urging people to abstain from chocolate for the month of March. The charity hopes to raise £1.2 million for cardiovascular research to fight heart disease.
Their campaign includes anything with cocoa in it so chocolate sweets, treats, biscuits, ice cream, cake and even the chocolate sprinkles on a cappuccino are off limits.
Mrs Evans-Bolger said: “I have taken part in Dechox twice before but this time I asked other members of staff at school if they wanted to do it. I am a chocoholic, I usually have a little bit of chocolate every day but I wouldn’t eat lots all in one go so it’s a really hard challenge.
“It’s difficult when you are having a cup of tea at break time or just after school when you fancy a sweet treat. It’s quite hard because it’s not just bars of chocolate that are not allowed it’s food with chocolate in it too. I think it’s a really good idea though as it’s healthy as long as you don’t substitute it for sweets or biscuits without chocolate.
“We started with a target of £100 but we are at over £1,000 and have had some very kind donations from pupils and parents.”
Mrs Tudor said: “I didn’t think I would find it difficult at all as I don’t eat a lot of chocolate but it’s been hard, I think it’s because you know you can’t have it.”
Every year the BHF funds around £100m for heart research and that goes towards a number of projects. These include a new test for heart attacks, regenerating the heart and testing new treatments for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a condition where part of the heart becomes thickened without an obvious cause.
If you would like to donate to the Derby High School effort please click on the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dechox2018-sara-evans-bolger
23rd March 2018BACK