Retford Oaks Academy help light up Local Hospital this Christmas

Retford Oaks Academy are raising money for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) this Christmas by sponsoring a special school star as part of the Christmas Stars Campaign.  

The star itself joins display that will help light up Bassetlaw Hospital throughout December. It will be funded by an initial donation from Retford Oaks Academy, and they shall be supplementing this donation with other fundraising activities.  


Chris West, Principal at Retford Oaks said: “Retford Oaks Academy are pleased to sponsor a star at Bassetlaw and Doncaster hospital this year. It will continue to send out a message of hope and thanks to all of our NHS colleagues who work closely with the school and are parents of our students. 


“During the first lockdown in 2020, one of the students in our keyworker hub requested that we showed some message of thanks to parents, like his, who were working hard through the pandemic, which led us to lighting our windows with NHS and Care logos. This simple message of support started with one student expressing their gratitude to those parents and community members who were passing the school on their way to difficult shifts throughout the lockdown.  


“This heartfelt support continues to all of the workers, patients, and visitors during the Christmas period.”  


Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We would like to express our thanks to everyone at Retford Oaks Academy. All the funds that they raise will not only go towards making their local hospital look amazing over the festive period, but it will also be crucial in helping the trust improve patient care, treatment and facilities.”  


Last year over 60 local businesses, organisations and families got involved, each donating anywhere from £300 to £1,500 to sponsor a star, and in the process raising over £40,000 which has been directly reinvested into patient care, treatment and facilities at the Trust. 


Although the deadline for sponsoring a physical star has now passed, you can still support your local hospital by clicking on this link – – and sponsoring a virtual star.  


To find out more information about the stars, both physical and virtual, please email