Hospice cashes in at school

Diana Patrick with some Year 8 pupils
Diana Patrick with some Year 8 pupils

ENTERPRISING pupils have raised more than £3,000 for a hospice after half a year of fundraising.

Year 8 pupils at Bishop Stopford School in Kettering raised the cash for Cransley Hospice with six months of imaginative fundraisers, which included a sponsored silence, a cycle ride to London and a Christmas fair.

Charlotte Bodicoat, head of Year 8, said: “We are really pleased with them.

“It teaches organisational skills and independence.”

For the past 12 years the hospice has offered pupils £5 and encouraged them to use it to generate more funds.

In reality, pupils rarely take the money but fundraise themselves.

One raised more than £600 by cycling from Market Harborough to London. Another raised £500 by organising a Lent lunch for his church.

Several did sponsored walks, one did a sponsored silence and another sold sweets at the school.

The year raised £200 as a whole by organising a Christmas sale in December.

The cash should be enough to keep the hospice open for about a day and a half.

The scheme raises about £3,000 each year.