School giraffes end up in some famous hands

David Miliband and Bill Bryson have given their backing to Chantry Middle School & Technology College's giraffes project, which at the moment is raising money for Comic Relief..
David Miliband and Bill Bryson have given their backing to Chantry Middle School & Technology College's giraffes project, which at the moment is raising money for Comic Relief..

TWO famous faces have leant their support to a Morpeth school’s cuddly campaign.

Chantry Middle School and Technology College teacher Helen Moran encouraged a group of pupils, now in Year 8, to make something from spare fabrics donated by Ashington-based business The All-In-One Company.

The children formed their own business, Chantry Enterprises, to make soft toys called Gigiraffes and proceeds from their sale are going to local charities.

Now best-selling author and Durham University Chancellor Bill Bryson and Labour MP and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband have agreed to help out.

Mrs Moran said: “We are trying to raise the profile of our project by getting famous people to be pictured with the giraffes and we are very grateful to Mr Bryson and Mr Miliband for their support. In fact, Mr Bryson is ordering five of them for his grandchildren.

“Members of the RAF and local MP Ian Lavery have also backed what we are doing during visits to the school.

“They are being sent out all over the place, including to a baby in China, and they are still very popular with the public.”