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Pupils and teachers from four local schools have joined forces to raise money for St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton.


Sacred Heart Catholic College together with three primary schools – St Edmund’s and St Thomas’, Great Crosby and Ursuline – set pupils the challenge of finding exciting ways to raise funds for patient care during the Coronavirus crisis and have so far brought in over £5,300, to be split between St Joseph’s and the Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


The schools started with a competition to see who could come up with the best rainbow design. The winner was Nate, a reception pupil at Great Crosby, and his younger sister Trixie who came up with a colourful face-paint design. Charlotte Gee, the after-school manager at Ursuline Catholic Primary School, and a former pupil of both St Edmund’s and Sacred Heart, did her bit by completing a 10-mile bike ride from Sacred Heart to Ursuline wearing a rainbow costume made by her pupils.


The schools then took on the national 2.6 Challenge, involving fundraising initiatives featuring the number 2.6. Two sets of siblings from St Edmund’s and St Thomas’ – Millie, Harry and Poppy Strange, and Izzy, Jess and Max Faraday – ran 26 miles between them to raise over £1,700.


Nine-year-old Maisie Edwards from St Edmunds and St Thomas’ raised more than £1,000 with a 30-mile cycle ride from Waterloo to Southport. Meanwhile, Casandra Samuel, a Year 7 pupil at Sacred Heart College, and her sister Rhiannon, from Ursuline Primary, camped out in a den for 24 hours and raised £250.


Ian Walker, head teacher at Sacred Heart, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to help at these moments of great need. We’re all acutely conscious of the conditions the brilliant hospice team have to work in and our group of schools wants to play its part in doing everything possible to help.’

Local schools raise thousands for hospice





We’re delighted to be able to help at these moments of great need