Students’ baking is icing on cake

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupil Millie Bage about to enjoy her cake. Picture by FRANK REID
English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupil Millie Bage about to enjoy her cake. Picture by FRANK REID

STUDENTS did not crumble when it came to raising money to keep a vital charity on the road.

Students from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, have been raising money for the St Cuthbert’s Care 5p Bus and its Alan Shearer Centre, which offers respite care for families.

The 5p Bus provides a vital service for the people in Hartlepool, especially in such economically difficult times for many families.

The bus has seven stops in town and sells day-to-day essentials.

But every single item on board costs just 5p - meaning a family can buy 20 items of clothing for just £1.

Pupils at the Catcote Road-based school spend six weeks boosting the services’ funds every Lent.

One of the methods of fundraising at the school has been a cake bake sale.

English Marytrs sixth form students also took part in a £5 Challenge, where each form group was given £5 and must multiply it and make a profit, which is also being donated to St Cuthbert’s Care and its Alan Shearer Centre, in Newcastle.

So far, the school has raised £1,018 to help keep the 5p Bus on the road and more than £1,000 to provide respite care at the Alan Shearer Centre.

School chaplain Anne-Marie Lavelle said: “It is amazing how, when a school community comes together for a common purpose, a superb outcome is achieved to help serve the local poor.”

The 5p Bus comes to Hartlepool on the second Wednesday of every month and the vehicle is in town today.

From 10am the bus will be in High Street, at 11am it will be outside Hartlepool Peoples Centre, in Raby Road, from 12.30pm it will be at the SureStart Children’s Centre, in Hindpool Close, it will be outside the Community Drugs Centre, in Whitby Street, from 1.30pm and outside the Chatham Road Sure Start Centre from 2.15pm.

For more information, call the 5p Bus Depot on (0191) 4885031 or visit www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk