A KINDHEARTED schoolgirl has given hospice chiefs a welcome boost after spearheading a fundraising drive in memory of her granddad.
Caring Sophie Taylor worked alongside other pupils at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Hartlepool, and together they came up with the idea of holding a four-week cake sale in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
The 11-year-old approached the school council – which is made up of staff and children – because she wanted to do something to raise money for the hospice which cared for her granddad, Derrick Lees, before he sadly died of lung cancer last August, at the age of 81.
Hundreds of cakes were baked by parents and sold at the school to pupils, staff and other parents in recent weeks.
In total, the school managed to raise £536 for the Wells Avenue hospice.
Sophie said: “The staff at the hospice really looked after my granddad and I wanted to do something to help them.
“I didn’t think the school would raise so much money and everybody is delighted. It is a nice tribute to my granddad.”
Alison Martin, a teacher at the Loyalty Road school, said: “Sophie‘s granddad passed away at the hospice last year and she wanted to raise money for the hospice and approached the school council for help.
“It was decided to hold a series of cake sales over a four-week period and we have managed to raise £536, which is a fantastic achievement.
“Everyone is very proud of the efforts of the children, and we would like to thank all of the parents for their help and support.”
Not only did parents buy the cakes, but they also helped bake them too to help the fundraising drive.
Sophie’s mum, Kathryn Taylor, 44, a nurse who lives in Greta Avenue, said: “Sophie didn’t tell us anything about this so it came as quite a shock when we read about it in the school’s newsletter.
“The hospice provided an excellent service for her granddad and the care he got was excellent, so we are really proud that she decided to help raise money for them.”
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “It was a real pleasure to visit the school and see how passionate and successful the pupils had been with their fundraising.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff at St Aidan’s for doing such a fantastic job and for taking the time to support a very worthwhile cause.”
“All of the money raised will go directly towards our specialist care services.”