Pupil gets knotted for charity

Pastoral manager Emma Wilson, George Hunter and Ponteland High School headteacher Kieran McGrane.
Pastoral manager Emma Wilson, George Hunter and Ponteland High School headteacher Kieran McGrane.
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A Ponteland High School student is sticking his neck out to raise awareness of mental health issues.

A special website and blog has been set-up by George Hunter so people can follow his progress as he attempts to wear a different tie for every day of the school year.

The ‘tie-catching’ challenge will support charities close to his heart as close members of his family have been affected by mental health issues.

The 16-year-old said: “No tie will be the same, just like us, we’re all individual.

“I want to help give people a better understanding of mental illnesses. Every school day, I’ll have a different tie on and I will post a little information online about mental health.”

Staff, students and their families have been asked to donate or lend ties. Once worn, donated ties will be given to the Mind shop in Gosforth and these will be gift-aided to the national mental health charity once sold.

George is also asking celebrities for help and he has so far received donations from former world cruiserweight boxing champion Glenn McCrory and current Hull City and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper.

These signed ties will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to charities YoungMinds and the Mary Frances Trust.

To see the pictures and blog, visit www.mytiediary.co.uk and to contact George, email mytiediary@hotmail.com