A kind-hearted schoolgirl’s dedication to helping others has seen her whole school turn purple in support of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Twelve-year-old Abigail Ball joined classmates and school staff in seeing the half-term out in serious style for the charity’s annual Wear it Purple Day.

Abigail has been busy raising awareness of Bluebell Wood’s life-changing work among her classmates and teachers after becoming the Elizabethan Academy’s youngest ever charity ambassador earlier this year.

After speaking to her fellow students and producing a video about Bluebell Wood’s work, Abigail decided she wanted to go a step further by organise a big fundraising for the charity.

An exciting presentation to the Principal followed, who was delighted to give her plans the school’s backing.

All her hard work came to fruition on the last day before half term when the school came together in dazzling fashion to show off their purple finery and raise much-needed funds for the charity.

“She’s always been very positive and has an extremely kind and caring nature,” said Abigail’s mum, Louise Ball, from the Bawtry area.

“She just loves helping people and I’m so proud of her. Her younger sister has been brilliant too – she even donated from her money box on the day to help her raise more money for the hospice.

“The school have been incredibly supportive and have really helped make it a day to remember.”

As well as supporting her efforts, Retford’s Elizabethan Academy bought £200 worth of the charity’s purple face coverings, taking the fundraising total to over £600.

Christine Horrocks, Principal at the Elizabethan Academy, said: “I am so proud of all our Elizabethan students, that despite the current challenging and restrictive environment they are still thinking about others and how they can support them.

“Abigail is an excellent ambassador for the school and exemplifies what we stand for at the Elizabethan.”

Sally Baker, Regional Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re delighted to hear the day was such a success and we can’t thank the inspirational Abigail enough for all the time and effort she’s put into it.

“Organising something of this scale is no mean feat so she should be incredibly proud of what she’s achieved.

“We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Elizabethan Academy and everyone who took part for being #ProudinPurple for Bluebell Wood!”