Leiston: Student’s deckchair a boost for hospice

A TALENTED youngster who designed a colourful deckchair to help raise money for charity is delighted it can now take pride of place in her school’s entrance.

Megan Rushbrook, of Leiston High School, said she would like to thank everyone who helped ensure they were able to buy her creation when it went under the hammer.

The 15-year-old painted the puffin design for St Elizabeth Hospice’s Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs auction.

The Ipswich-based charity raised an impressive �35,000 when around 30 deckchairs – some designed by celebrities – went under the hammer.

Megan won a competition to have her design included and teachers and staff raised �800 through a number of events to buy it for the school’s entrance.

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Megan said: “I thought a puffin was quite fitting because it is a seaside bird with a colourful beak. It’s really great that everyone raised money to buy it at the auction and it’s nice to see it in school.”

Art teacher Helen Armstrong said the fundraising had been a real school and community effort.

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