Hartlepool pupils make more than a token effort

St Bega's Year 3 pupil Nathan Whitton, centre second right, with fellow classmates and teacher Jodie Ellis .
St Bega's Year 3 pupil Nathan Whitton, centre second right, with fellow classmates and teacher Jodie Ellis .
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Pupils at a primary school were rewarded after making more than a token effort in school.

Class 3 youngsters at St Bega’s RC Primary School, on the Headland, won £50 for collecting the most tokens awarded by teachers for various good deeds.

Instead of spending it all on themselves, kind pupil Nathan Whitton came up with the idea of giving £10 to Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Mike Cooney, head teacher at St Bega’s said: “At the end of each half term the class that has collected the most tokens gets a special award.

“Usually they spend it on things like parties, picnics on the beach or toys.

“Nathan said straight away he would like to give £10 to the hospice.

“I just thought it was lovely and the rest of the class agreed.”

The hospice, based in Wells Avenue, needs to raise £1.78million a year to provide specialist care to hundreds of people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s.