Pupils’ gem of an idea raises £250

Dene House Community School pupil Jamie Richardson (front centre) with his fellow jewellery making group Claire Bell, Leanne Morton, Jordan Jones, Jack Coatman, Sophie Wilson, Kimberly Blair and Hollie Taylor. Picture by FRANK REID
Dene House Community School pupil Jamie Richardson (front centre) with his fellow jewellery making group Claire Bell, Leanne Morton, Jordan Jones, Jack Coatman, Sophie Wilson, Kimberly Blair and Hollie Taylor. Picture by FRANK REID

THREE charities including a hospital who helped a sick youngster have benefited after students used profits from a project to help worthy causes.

A group of Year 10 students from Dene Community School, in Peterlee, raised £250 for charity after raising the cash on a money and finance project in their maths class.

The money has been split three ways with £100 going to the spinal unit at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

Student Jamie Richardson collected the money on the hospital’s behalf as he has had surgery there at the end of March for scoliosis of the spine.

Jamie said: “It was really kind of the class to think of the donating to the spinal unit.

“It was a good way to say thanks to the people who helped me when I was a patient” .

The students also gave £90 to Breast Cancer Care, as one of the class members’ parents has been treated for the disease.

Student Jack Coatman said: “I suggested Breast Cancer Care because my mam had breast cancer and luckily she recovered.

“I wanted to do something for the charity.”

Also benefiting from the students’ project was the neo-natal unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, as student Hollie Taylor is an aspiring midwife.

The group is made up of 15 students, who ran their business, which involved buying and selling jewellery, for six weeks.

Maths teacher Margery Doublett said: “The students have taken part in a money and finance project and the jewellery enterprise was part of this.

“They all took different roles in the business and attended meetings to make their decisions.

“They adopted a mature attitude to all of this and were a credit to the school.

“The students have experienced buying online and selling costume jewellery to friends family and staff. They have worked really hard and customers have praised their positive attitude.”