Blackheath pupil turns designer to raise money for the NHS

Emma Harris has created rainbow T-shirts, inspired by her NHS family

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A Blackheath High School student with four relatives working as frontline doctors is raising money for the NHS with her own clothing line. GDST student Emma Harris was inspired to design T-shirts and bags after seeing the rainbow pictures displayed in windows to show support for health workers. Her collections of  ‘BHS for the NHS’ t-shirts and bags have so far raised more than £200 for the NHS Charities Together.

The entrepreneurial 11-year-old said: “When we go out for a run we count the rainbows in the windows of the houses around us. It is incredible to see everyone coming together to thank the NHS and essential workers who are keeping us safe.

“I know everyone at Blackheath High School was thinking about these heroes and I wanted to show our respect and support, so I designed BHS for the NHS which shows BHS girls inside a rainbow, to say thank you. Lots of girls and teachers have bought one already and I’m proud that our school is showing our support.”

Emma’s uncles Charlie Greenbury and Reuben Yap work as doctors at King’s College Hospital, her aunt Becky Greenbury works at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and another aunt, Maya Clemence, works as a doctor at Kingston Hospital.

Her grandmother Enid Greenbury was a GP from 1979 until 2017 and is now shielding at home.

Sarah Skevington, head of juniors at Blackheath High School, said: “Everyone is so very proud of Emma.

“She has gone above and beyond, using her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to raise money for NHS staff and volunteers during this challenging time.

“It is wonderful to see the exciting ways our students have supported the community … the NHS and our key workers.”