THE Malmesbury School PTA have been praised for their tireless work over the past year, ahead of a fundraising event.

Over the past two years the PTA have helped funded multiple projects for the school, most notably kitting out the school’s IT classrooms with 61 new computers.

At the end of last year, following a successful May Ball, auction and raffle, aided by a parent donation of around £3,000, they were well on their way to the £10,000 target for the computers.

To raise the rest of the funds, the PTA held a wine tasting event at Abbey House Gardens and a quiz at the school alongside some other events and a uniform sale, which all went towards achieving the grand total.

With the additional money raised, they also managed to fund a video camera, student counselling and the relocation of a school piano.

Clark Harrell, deputy headteacher at Malmesbury School, sang the PTA’s praises: “We are very fortunate to have such a hardworking and proactive PTA at Malmesbury School and they have helped us to buy a variety of resources to enhance the opportunities we can offer the students.

“During their most recent projects they raised £10,000 which has been used to replace over 60 computers in the school.

“All students will benefit from this improved facility and I am grateful to the PTA for all of the energy and commitment they put into fundraising.

“The next PTA event is at Malmesbury School on 24th November from 7.30-10pm where an evening of ‘Puddings, Pressies and Pampering’ is planned.

“We are expecting over 20 different stalls selling goodies throughout the evening and the £5 entry includes three puddings which have been supplied by local establishments to include The Old Bell, The Bird Cage and The Potting Shed.”

Angela Roberts, PTA Chairman from 2014-2016, said: “I just want to thank the hard-working members of the PTA who gave up their time and energy to work towards this huge goal.

"We raised the money via grand balls, quiz nights, monthly bingo nights, wine-tasting evenings and organising the school concert refreshments.

"With technology moving along so fast, we are delighted to have been able to support the school and raise the £10,000 to buy the 61 higher specification computers for all the students to use.

"This is the biggest single donation we have given to the school since the purchase of the mini-bus."

The next fundraising event at the school takes place on Thursday, November 24, from 7.30-10pm.

There will be food, drinks, stalls and a raffle. Tickets are £5.