Pyjama days and even a fear of frogs help special charity

The cheque is handed over
The cheque is handed over

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FROM donating leftover dinner money to facing frog fears, Waterlooville school pupils can be proud of their fundraising achievements for a special charity.

A cluster of seven schools from the area spent the past academic year raising money for Hannah’s Holiday Home, a charity that provides luxury breaks to families of children who are seriously ill.

It was inspired by 10-year-old Hannah Westbrook who died in 2004 from Hodgkins Disease and was a pupil at Padnell Junior School, one of those involved in the fundraising.

Her mum Pam Marshall says she is amazed the children worked so hard to be able to present the charity with a cheque for £3,227 to enable them to help more families.

Mrs Marshall was joined by her family for the presentation.

She said: ‘The list of wonderful ideas the children have come up with is endless. They have taken part so passionately to raise as much money for Hannah’s appeal.

‘For children to think of others less healthier and happier than themselves and raise money to offer them some quality family fun time together – something that we can all take for granted at times – is fantastic.

‘The students put so much thought and effort into it. They have never met the children that they will be helping, who have been through so much and had some pretty sad times.

‘For them to help in this way will mean putting the smiles back on so many little faces and will mean so much to them.

‘I do commend them for all their hard work and dedication in raising so much money and the teachers have said they have learnt so much from the experience too. They should all be very proud of themselves.’

The fundraising took place in a number of weird and wonderful ways.

Pupils held non-school uniform days, pyjama days, read-a-thons, cake sales, bike rides, walks, runs and odd job days.

James Laycock, a teacher at Padnelll Junior School, ran 24 miles from Southampton General Hospital, back to the Waterlooville school last week for the charity.

Jane Ashberry, the extended schools 
co-ordinator at Cowplain School said: ‘Once a term, the seven schools in the cluster get together as a school council.

‘We asked them what they would like to do collectively to make a difference to our community.

‘A vote on which charity to support showed conclusively Hannah’s Holiday Home was the favourite.

‘We are so proud of all of them.

‘They came up with some great ideas. There were lots of cake bakes and one pupil even donated the money they had been left by the tooth fairy.

‘Another was sponsored to face their fear by standing in a room full of frogs!’

The other schools involved were Padnell Infants School, Hart Plain infant and junior and Denmead infant and junior schools.

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