A FORMER headteacher of Bishopshalt School has handed over £30,000 to Hillingdon Hospital that was raised by his pupils.
The fundraising campaign was the brainchild of David Bocock, who retired in July 2011 and wanted to do something significant for a local charity to mark his 40 years in teaching.
The total was the culmination of a year of fundraising by the pupils, staff and parents, through ‘non-uniform days’, cake sales and a summer fete, and by persuading other schools in the borough to support them.
Each year the school supports a charity, and chose Hillingdon NHS Trust’s Great Expectations Appeal for 2011-12. Mr Bocock said: “I came to Hillingdon in 1970 on my final teaching practice, to Bourne Secondary, and secured a maths post there until I moved to Bishopshalt in 1984.
“I have therefore taught Hillingdon schoolchildren for more than 40 years, and I can think of no better cause to mark my retirement than helping Hillingdon Hospital maternity unit where the vast majority of my pupils were born and subsequently had their babies.”
Shane Degaris, acting chief executive of the trust said: “Thank you to the pupils, staff and parents of Bishopshalt who have worked so hard to raise such an amazing amount of money. We wish Mr Bocock all the very best in his retirement.”