News

All Fright on the Night at College Fundraising Event

All Fright on the Night at College Fundraising Event  
Date Published:

NORTHUMBERLAND College students will be tempting fate by having a stay-awake at, what is reputed to be, one of the region’s most haunted castles on one of the scariest nights of the year.

Up to 22 travel and tourism students will have a sponsored stay-awake at Kielder Castle in aid of BBC's Children in Need from Thursday 12 November to the morning of Friday 13 November 2015.

The students, all aged 16 to 19, will be staying awake from 8pm to 8am the following morning. They will put together an itinerary of events including everything from ghost hunting to exercising to make sure they stay wide awake all night.

Wearing onesies and Pudsey Bear ears, the Aviation Services and Level 3 Travel and Tourism Diploma students hope it's going to be "all fright on the night" at Kielder Castle with lots of ghostly and ghoulish goings-on!

Aviation Services student Shelby Laws, 18, of Ashington, is one of the students organising the event.

She said: "One of the places, which I visited as a Young Ambassador for Northumberland, was Kielder Castle. We were taken on a tour and told all about the ghosts at the castle.

"One of the things, which we do as part of our course, is event planning so we decided  we would do our own mini-event at Kielder."

The Youth Ambassadors™ are a dedicated group of young volunteers, who play a vital role in the planning and delivery of many community and education projects. The programme is separated into specialist areas to offer young volunteers training and experience in an area of interest.

Helen Bramley, Lecturer in Travel and Tourism, said: "This event ties into so many things on the course including raising money, rural tourism in Northumberland and looking at tourist attractions. It also gives students the chance to look at the Dark Skies Project."

The Forestry Commission, which runs Kielder Castle, has let the students have the premises free of charge as they are fundraising for Children in Need.

Students hope to raise up to £400 through sponsorship and a newly-launched Just Giving page:  http://www.justgiving.com/Sponsoredspookeystayawakeover

Kielder Castle lies hidden and isolated in the heart of Kielder Forest at the head of the River North Tyne Valley.

A former fortified hunting lodge, the building sits on the site of a burial ground dating back to 3000BC.

The castle was built in 1775 in the gothic style and re-built in the mid-19th century.

It is reportedly one of the most haunted buildings in the North East with numerous reports of ghostly activity by a grey lady, a love-lorn servant girl called Emma, a stable boy and a number of former Dukes of Northumberland.