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Bishop's Stortford students raise charity cash in memory of Caz and Alex

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Sixth-form students at The Bishop's Stortford High School paid tribute to two former pupils when the secondary held its annual charity day in their memory.

Caroline 'Caz' Johnstone died in June 2008 of an undiagnosed heart condition and in November the following year Alex Cheer passed away after a sudden illness. Both were in Year 13 at the time.

As a memorial, fellow students set up Fairy Caz and Cheer for Cheer days to raise money for charities CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Help for Heroes.

Fundraising at the Bishop's Stortford High School (45816889)
Fundraising at the Bishop's Stortford High School (45816889)

Traditionally, the girls dress as soldiers in memory of Alex, who was an Army cadet, and the boys as fairies to commemorate Caroline, known as Fairy Caz.

Cash generators included a cake stall run by Caroline O'Prey and Ollie Jones and a dodgeball session. By the end of the day, £520 had been collected.

Rob Stark, head of the London Road school's sixth form, said: "The day's events were planned and run by the students themselves, and we're delighted with the mature way they promoted CRY and Help for Heroes in memory of Caroline and Alex.

Fairy Caz Day (45816887)
Fairy Caz Day (45816887)

"Community is one of our key values and our annual charities day is always an exciting feature of our calendar.

"After only having been back in school for three weeks, sixth-form students had a good deal of fun dressing as fairies or soldiers, and to raise a fantastic £520 was a great result."

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