GIGGLESWICK School raised over £8,000 for Baphumelele Orphanage in South Africa and Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Saturday.

The school held a black tie sports dinner which was attended by alumni, parents, staff and friends of the school.

The dinner featured guest speakers Nigel Melville, former England rugby captain, British Lion and now the Rugby Football Union’s director of professional rugby, and Sir Gary Verity, who was instrumental in winning the bid for Yorkshire to host the Grand Depart and Tour De France in 2014.

The dinner also included an auction. Among the 16 prizes guests could bid for were an appearance and demonstration by international trials bike legend and 12-time world champion Dougie Lampkin MBE at a venue of the bidder’s choice.

Event organiser Dan Cook, director of sport at the school, said: "The event marks the school’s sports tour to South Africa and I’m delighted to be splitting the amount raised between two such worthwhile charities."

Pupils from Years 11 to Upper Sixth will be taking part in a rugby and hockey tour across South Africa in the summer.