Fun day supports hospice

Janice Forbes of Hartlepool and District Hospice pictured with Dyke House school pupils Tarren Wager and Kaylee(cor) Proffitt during the presentation.
Janice Forbes of Hartlepool and District Hospice pictured with Dyke House school pupils Tarren Wager and Kaylee(cor) Proffitt during the presentation.

KIND-HEARTED youngsters enjoyed a day of fun and raised money for a hospice.

The Year Seven pupils at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, took part in a host of sports and activities in their own charity event.

The generous efforts of the staff and students at the school helped to raise an impressive £449 for the Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The 11 and 12-year-old pupils who took part in the day enjoyed penalty shoot-outs, games of rounders and cakes and drink stalls.

They also got the opportunity to throw wet sponges at their teachers.

Cath Kennedy, deputy head of year seven at the school helped to organise the event alongside fellow staff members Ian Walker and Dan Tucker, who will take over the year group next year.

Mrs Kennedy said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day.

“Everybody in the year group took part and their donations were brilliant. All of the students were so generous.”

The school organised a similar fun day a couple of years ago and raised money for Cancer Research UK.

This time around members of the student council decided they wanted to support the Wells Avenue-based Hartlepool Hospice.

Mrs Kennedy added: “We didn’t really have a target beforehand, we just wanted to raise as much as possible.

“The kids decided themselves that they wanted to raise money for the hospice.

“It was a really enjoyable day and great to help a local cause.”

Sandra Britten, director of information services at Hartlepool and District Hospice, said: “This is a great effort from the staff and students at Dyke House School and it sounds like they had a fun-filled day.

“It is certainly a great way to raise funds for their local hospice and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part.”