A BARNSLEY school raised more than £1,500 for charity by organising a bikers’ get-together.

Outwood Academy Shafton presented a cheque last Friday to Laura Lawton, from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, having totted up the cash from July’s event.

The annual get-together was originally set up by technology teacher, Christopher Rooke, and is now organised alongside the school’s engineering students.

Christopher said: “The main aim of ‘Bike Fest’ is to raise as much money as we can for our chosen charity of the year and create a great community event where people can come together and enjoy the day, but we also take the opportunity to hold our annual student Engineering Awards at the event too.

“The day is also to raise awareness of motorcycling in the community, promoting safe and responsible motorcycling and dissuade antisocial behaviour on bikes.”