Year 11 pupils from St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, have been working hard to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice, one of Britain’s largest adult hospices based close to the school in Heald Green.
The pupils have been selling teddies in the school and they held a cake sale and a raffle. St Ann’s Hospice helps those people who have progressive and life-threatening illnesses, as well as supporting their carers and families.
“St Ann’s provide their care free of charge,” explained Anita Keegan, the teacher at St Paul’s who has been supporting the pupils in these fundraising activities. “The NHS pays just 35 per cent of the £9 million funding necessary to keep the hospice open and effective. The hospice depends upon the generosity of the public for the remaining £6 million.
“We felt that as the hospice is situated locally and impacts on our community, we should support our pupils in their fund raising initiatives.
“I’d like to pay a huge tribute to the pupils for their generosity of spirit and willingness to get involved,” commented Wiktor Daron, head teacher at St Paul’s.
“It is heartwarming to see how hard they are willing to work to help others. As a school, we encourage such initiatives and see them as an extremely important part of personal development.”