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Sophie makes a bald move for charity

A young daughter has shown a significant amount of support for her mum through her battle with cancer.

Sophie Shelton, 27, shaved off her hair as a show of solidarity to her mum, Michelle Clegg, after she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

This unique and inspirational idea took place on Saturday at Soothill Working Men’s club where Sophie was joined and supported by family and friends.

Sophie pictured with her Mum Michelle on Saturday. Image courtesy of James Breadmore (Davison Photography)

Sophie pictured with her mum Michelle on Saturday.
Image courtesy of James Breadmore (Davison Photography)

Sophie said: “Basically I’ve always been such a girly girl and anybody that knew me would not believe I could shave my hair off.

“So I think it was a test for myself but I felt as it was quite extreme it would raise a significant amount of money.

“I was excited during the weeks running up to the event but that morning I was shaking with nerves.

“A minute before it took place I started to cry as I didn’t think I could go through with it but after looking at all the proud people there, including my mum, I snapped out of it and I’m so glad I did it.”

Sophie’s hair shaving event was also raising money for Cancer Research UK, and it is safe to say she smashed her target of £3,000 by raising an incredible amount of more than £6,000.

The donations have been flooding in, both online and at the Tanning Studios, the salon that Sophie and her mum collectively own on Commercial Street, Batley.

Sophie after she had the chop. Image courtesy of James Breadmore (Davison Photography)

Sophie after she had the chop.
Image courtesy of James Breadmore (Davison Photography)

“I am absolutely overwhelmed at people’s generosity, the support I’ve had has been lovely, and I did not have to ask for a single raffle prize either, everybody approached me which was brilliant”

“It costs £108 for one scientist in a lab for a day, so my donations are going to go a long way and be put to good use into finding a cure,” added Sophie.

Over 300 people attended the event, and approximately £1,600 was raised on the night itself.

Sophie described the occasion as “amazing” and said the turnout was “phenomenal”.

“It was better than I ever imagined, I will never forget how many people supported me and I will always be there to lend a helping hand to any one of them.

“In fact it’s spurred me on to do more fundraising for different charities and I’m actually considering going to Gambia to take Supplies for unfortunate families and children.”

You can still donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Shelton1


Youngster Cooper continues pre-season progress against hometown club

As the start of the 2015 rugby league season approaches, players are looking to impress their coaches and stake a claim for a place in the first team.

This applies to Luke Cooper, 20, of Featherstone Rovers, who was recently awarded a place in the first team squad for the warm up games against Castleford Tigers and Batley Bulldogs.

Unfortunately for Cooper, he was on the losing side in both games, as Rovers lost 18-0 to the Tigers, and 26-6 against the Bulldogs.

Luke Cooper in action against Batley Bulldogs last Sunday.

Featherstone’s Luke Cooper in action against Batley Bulldogs last Sunday.

Despite the result, The Bulldogs game was a major highlight in his career, as Batley are his hometown club.

He said: “It was probably the greatest moment of my life to date, to run out on the field in front of over 1000 spectators was such an electrifying experience.

“It was different to anything I’d played in before, I felt like I had to play well in front of all my family and friends, and make them proud.

“If I’m honest I never thought I would be playing because Featherstone are a great team with so many good forwards, so to get my name on the team sheet was a fantastic feeling and it was made that extra bit sweeter that it was against a team that I had watched and supported as a child.”

The young forward looked back at his performance at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, and added: “I’m super critical of my performance so personally I didn’t think I played the best I could have, and I know I have a lot to learn so hopefully I can do as much training as possible, work hard, and get to that required consistent level of performance.”

In 2014, Rovers sent Cooper and another teammate over to Australia in an exciting six-month trip, with the aim for them to gain valuable experience playing at a higher level in the Sydney Group 6 Country League.

This life-changing opportunity provided Cooper with the chance to develop his skills on the pitch, and experience a different culture and lifestyle.

“We received plenty of game time in Australia and have learnt a lot, the whole experience was unforgettable and I am thankful to the club that I was offered this unbelievable opportunity.”

He is now looking to establish himself as first team player for Featherstone Rovers, and play a part in helping the club challenge for a place in the Super League.

Results of pupils in Kirklees on the rise again

Following recent SATs, achievement from pupils across Kirklees primary schools has improved once again over the last year.

The percentage of Kirklees pupils gaining the national benchmark of at least a level 4 in their reading, writing and mathematics, was 78 per cent, a slight increase from 74% in 2013.

The local Key Stage 2 figures (ages 7 to11), released by the Department for Education, means that more than 4,000 Kirklees pupils gained the key national benchmark.

Across North Kirklees in 2013 and 2014, the percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in their reading, writing, and mathematics in various schools, were:

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Head teacher Anthony Rush, of St Patricks Catholic Primary School, Birstall, said he is always delighted when every child achieves their full potential at the school.

He added: “Results may fluctuate from year to year but the defining guide to whether or not they are a good set of results is have all the children reached their potential i.e. have they all done as well as they could have.

“Academic success is only a small measure of what we do, and we are in a business of helping to mound children into becoming good people.”

The head teacher said the high attainment level could be attributed to the high quality teaching and support to every year group in the school.

“The children are well taught, the teaching assistant support is excellent, and underlying everything is a shared aim amongst all staff that we strive to do the best we can for every child.

“We try to make school a safe and welcoming place where the children thrive knowing that they are loved and wanted,” he added.

The improvement in Key Stage 2 results are supported by new figures from Ofsted, that now show young people in Kirklees are increasingly likely to attend at least a good if not outstanding secondary school in the region.

Dewsbury and Batley Christmas light switch-ons 2014

Last night saw the town of Dewsbury celebrate the start of the festive season in style at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Pulse Radio in preparation to host the switch-on.

Pulse Radio in preparation to host the switch-on.

Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, who plays Adam Barton in the ITV soap, flicked the switch to light up the town and officially start the countdown to Christmas.

Pulse Radio’s Paul Foster joined the actor live on stage, and helped spread the festive cheer in the crowd throughout the evening.

The crowd were entertained with on stage performances from the Pulse Dance Crew, Powerhooping from the HD Hoopers, and local act Jade Helliwell showcased her musical talents.

“The experience was great, and I was very humble to be asked to perform at the event,” Helliwell said.

“The atmosphere was fantastic, the crowd were brilliant and they sang along regardless of the cold weather,” she added.

Surrounding the stage were plenty of family activities, thoroughly enjoyed by all, including:

  • A giant snow globe
  • Fairground rides
  • Festive donkey rides
  • Face painting
  • A fire sculpture by pa-BOOM
  • And of course, it would not be Christmas without Santa’s Grotto

A tweet from Jade before her performance yesterday:

Dewsbury Ram mascot Roger Ram and Huddersfield Town mascot Terry the Terrier were also present at the event, posing for pictures and interacting with the local crowd.

Batley Christmas lights switch-on 22 November

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For Batley, the countdown to Christmas begins this Saturday with the Christmas light switch-on.

Once again, Pulse Radio’s Paul Foster will be on stage, accompanied by a number of special guests to press that all-important switch-on button to illuminate the town.

The fun and entertainment will begin for youngsters in the market place at 1pm, with fairground rides, face painting, festive donkey rides, and a giant snow globe. 

There will be fun for all the family from 2pm with music, Christmas games, live performances from the Pulse Radio roadshow, and as they did in Dewsbury on Wednesday, pa-BOOM will be showcasing their stunning fire sculpture.

Later in the evening, another headline performance from Jade Helliwell at 5:30pm will lead to the eagerly anticipated lights switch on at 6pm, and will finish with a spectacular firework finale.

“I’m grateful to be asked to attend the Batley event, especially as I have been asked to assist with the switch-on,” Helliwell said.

“I’m from Batley, so to be representing my home town in a community event feels amazing, and it is always a privilege and honour to perform here.

“It is brilliant that my work is being recognised and becoming more and more popular with people around the area.”

Towards the close of the event, the Kirklees Mayor Cllr, Ken Smith, the Mayoress Cllr Christine Smith, MP Mike Wood, Revd Dr Martin Naylor and Santa Clause will all be on stage for the switch on.

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