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Students Take The Pitch In Memory Of Ella

Hockey Match Ella

12:58pm 3rd May 2013

Thomas Hardye School students in Dorchester have been battling it out to raise even more money in memory of a friend who died in a tragic show jumping accident.

The sixth formers, some of who shaved their heads last week, held a competitive hockey match and a cake sale yesterday (2nd May) at the school for Ella Pallister.  The managed to raise £400.

They have also designed pink wristbands in memory of Ella to sell, they have her name and favourite saying, "Man Up", on them.

All money they raise will go to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance who tried to save Ella in January.

Her family and friends turned up in bright pink "Team Ella" hoodies and the players themselves wore bright coloured socks. The goal posts on the school's pitch had balloons tied to them and Ella's sayings "Whack It" and "Man Up" on them.

With regards to the action the teams seemed fairly evenly matched, at half time the score was tied at nil-nil. However, in the second half the Year 12's managed to get a goal and won the match. Their team captain, Harry, collected a special trophy at the end with a horse on it to commemorate Ella's love of riding.

Caroline Goode, one of Ella's close friends, who organised the hockey match and captained the Year 13 team spoke to us about why she choose a hockey match, "she loved it, it was like her other sport from riding, and it just seemed like the appropriate way to remember her at Hardye's".

Katie Taylor, Head of Year 13, told us she couldn't be any prouder of her students, "They've organised this completely themselves, it's their idea, they've put the teams together, they got the staff involved, they've baked all the cakes themselves... And I just think that goes to show how popular Ella was and how much she is missed, and how much her memory is treasured by us all."

For photos from their fund-raising activities CLICK HERE to visit our gallery.

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