Fete raises £500

Staff and residents at West View Lodge Care Home with Pupils and staff at Kingsley and Springwell schools. Picture By FRANK REID

Staff and residents at West View Lodge Care Home with Pupils and staff at Kingsley and Springwell schools. Picture By FRANK REID

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GENEROUS care home residents showed their support for town youngsters by donating £500 to two primary schools.

The kind-hearted pensioners and staff at West View Lodge Care Home, in Hartlepool’s West View Road, organised their Easter fete this year and decided to donate any money raised to Springwell Primary School and Kinsgley Primary School, both in the town.

But staff could not believe it when they counted up how much was raised and found out the total was £500.

They were absolutely delighted to be able to hand over £250 to both schools, which are close to the hearts of the residents and staff.

Youngsters at Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, in the town, visit the care home every Christmas to sing to the pensioners and entertain them for the day.

And the residents decided to donate to Kingsley Primary School, in Taybrooke Avenue, to help their “fantastic” support of children suffering with autism at a specialist unit in the school.

Theresa Lax, personal activities leader at the care home, said: “We organised our Easter fete and decided to donate what we raised to Kingsley and Springwell, but we didn’t expect to raise as much as that.

“Everyone was absolutely delighted to raise £500, it’s a fantastic total.

“I would like to thank all of the family and friends of the residents who came along on the day and helped to raise the money.”

Karl Telfer, headteacher at Springwell Primary School, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the residents and staff at West View Lodge have been thinking about the most vulnerable children in the town and decided to support us.

“We really do appreciate the donation, it’s a wonderful gesture.”

Nicola Barrass, special needs co-ordinator at Kingsley Primary School, said: “The mum of an ex-pupil at the school helped to organise the event at West View Lodge and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved.

“It’s a fantastic amount to raise.”