Head Teacher Taking Fundraising to New Heights
By Claire Tillotson
When our headteacher, Dianne Cross, said she wanted to do something unique to raise funds for the school, we set out to find something out of the ordinary.
Natasha Richardson, a parent at the school, got in touch with Skydive North West who have very kindly agreed to fully fund a skydive for Dianne to complete. What a fantastic and once in a lifetime opportunity! www.skydivenorthwest.co.uk
Mrs Cross is the Headteacher at Dolphinholme C of E Primary School near Lancaster, she is a wonderful and incredibly supportive member of staff and a friend to many. Taking on this challenge has proved that she will literally do anything to support her school and the community.
When I spoke to Mrs Cross about her reasons for taking on this challenge she said: “After the challenges of Covid, and the negative effect it has had on fundraising, this skydive is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for our school and offer the whole school community, especially the pupils, something to look forward to. It isn’t often that a headteacher drops out of a plane! “
How you feel about it?
“Really excited but a bit nervous! I am well over 50 after all!! My mum thinks I have gone mad! I really hope people get behind me and we can raise lots of funds. I would like to encourage anyone who knows me personally, and the wider Dolphinholme community to get involved and sponsor the skydive in order to support the local village school. The more we raise, the more we can offer the children and families of Dolphinholme.”
What the money will go towards?
“We are hoping to develop more of our school grounds. The pre school is in desperate need of some shade as it is very exposed during the summer months. We also want to add to our trim trail – the children absolutely love it and it will be a real benefit to their physical and mental well being if we can extend it further. We are blessed with beautiful surroundings and we like to be outside as much as possible.”
The pupils at Dolphinholme are also super excited. Amy in Year 1 said: “Mrs Cross is brave and it is really exciting.” Theo in Year 2 said “I can’t believe Mrs Cross is going to jump out of an aeroplane! Wow” Archie in Year 6 said: “I think it is very good because Mrs Cross is raising money for the PTA and they do lots of good things for school. She is very brave.” Nancy in Year 4 said: “Wow, she really does care about the school” and Sophia Year 5: “She’d the best head teacher ever”
Mrs Cross’ skydive is taking place on Saturday 14th May 2022 and we are all behind her every step of the way! The whole community would like to wish her the very best of luck! We are hoping to live stream the skydive at one of our local community events so the whole school can watch the jump take place!
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and support our local school, please head over to our Just Giving Page. Thank you for your support!
Left to Right: Mrs Cross, Charlie, Laurence, Nicholas, Athan, Helena, Vanessa, Theo, Hugh, Mabel, Aaliyah, Grace