Wigan school pupils raise thousands for hospice
The generous primary schools put on 40 days of fund-raising during Lent.
Schools in the Quest Trust took part in a range of charity activities and challenges to support Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).
The results have been impressive, with the group of schools between them raising an incredible £8,000.
St Peter’s set up a 40 Miles in 40 Days challenge with staff and children being asked to log cycles, runs or walks to reach the total.
Younger children took part in a scavenger hunt, with letters spelling out the word ‘generosity’ being displayed in residents’ windows on a 2.5km route around the local area.
Principal Nicola Green said she was extremely proud of the school’s long-standing relationship with the Hindley-based hospice and had personal experience of the quality of care given to residents with life-limiting conditions and the support for their families.
St John’s also joined in the 40 Miles in 40 Days challenge, with staff posting pictures of their walks and sharing how many steps they had done.
Pupils at the school also learned about how the hospice uses its donations.
They discovered the charity needs £112 to pay for a home visit by a community nurse specialist, £480 for a patient to be cared for daily and £62 for a counselling session for a patient or someone close to them.
Hindley Green Community Primary School, led by principal Tim Mooney, came up with their own variation on the Lent challenge and did 40 Days of Fitness.
Students, parents, staff members and friends of the school all took part in the fund-raiser by cycling, running, walking and other activities.
Two year four pupils were so keen to support the hospice that they brought in £400 between them.
The schools also used Just Giving to spread the word about the Lent fund-raisers and swell the total further.
A Quest Trust spokesperson said: “We are so proud of the fund-raising efforts for the 40 days of Lent, that all our schools have actively taken part in.
“By choosing local charities they have encouraged students and staff to not only connect with their local areas but also raise money for causes close to their heart.
“Wigan and Leigh Hospice is a pillar of the community and a natural choice, not only for Quest, but our schools.
“We want to give an enormous congratulations to each of our schools and can’t wait to plan upcoming fund-raising efforts.”
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