Cash for school

Sheraton Court resident Violet Kier working with St. Hild's school pupil Britney Smith. Picture bY FRANK REID
Sheraton Court resident Violet Kier working with St. Hild's school pupil Britney Smith. Picture bY FRANK REID

A SCHOOL has received a huge cash windfall after a kind-hearted donation from a care home.

A group of youngsters from St Hild’s C of E School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, visits Sheraton Court Care Home every week and spends time with the residents.

The children enjoy craft-making and a range of other activities with the grateful residents at the home, in Hartlepool’s Warren Road.

But the staff and students at the school could not believe their ears when they were told they were to receive a £5,000 donation.

The money has been given by Helen McArdle Care, which runs the care home.

The company recently set up their Community Counts scheme to fund projects and charitable initiatives throughout the community.

It was launched as a way of saying thank you to residents for being so welcoming to newly-opened care homes.

The maximum amount of funding given to each project is £5,000, which is the figure donated to St Hild’s.

Ecstatic staff at the school were extremely grateful for such a kind donation and already have plans on how it will be spent.

They are going to give £4,000 to families throughout the school who may benefit from support to help finance a summer holiday.

The other £1,000 will be spent on crafts and activities.

Julie Fletcher, community manager at St Hild’s, said: “It is a huge amount of money to receive and everyone at the school is incredibly grateful.

“Most of the money will go towards families who may require support for holidays and the rest towards our activities in school.

“I take a group of pupils into Sheraton Court every Monday and both the pupils and the residents really do enjoy it.

“We have established a fantastic relationship with the home and the residents regularly visit the school for carol services, concerts and parties which we organise.”

A number of organisations and charities were nominated to receive the donation and were considered before St Hild’s was chosen as the benefactor.

Helen McArdle, founder of the company, said: “Community Counts is our way of putting money back into the communities in which we are part of.

“We want to say thank you to all of the residents, businesses and groups who have accepted us into the community and worked with us to provide a home for residents who stay with us.

“I am thrilled that St Hild’s School has won as they have been great friends of Helen McArdle Care. All residents involved in the activities really look forward to the visits from the school.”