TWO town schools have been handed awards for their work with an annual charity event.
Every year Hartlepool Rotary Club members distribute poppies to the town’s schools as part of their support for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
And two prestigious trophies in memory of Ian Cameron – who used to run the appeal before he passed away – are awarded to the schools who have shown the most support for the cause.
This time round, the best primary school trophy went to Throston Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, and the award for best secondary school went to Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane.
Rotary Poppy Appeal leader Jeff Stephens said: “I would like to congratulate Throston and Manor on their success.
“Throston collected 25 per cent more and Manor 76 per cent more than they did in 2012 so the bar has been set high for 2014.
“The results this year from all schools were significantly better than last year.”
He added: “There seems to have been a resurgence of interest in the Poppy Appeal and with the forthcoming First World War Centenary we are expecting even better results this year.”
Ian Cameron coordinated the Poppy Appeal in Hartlepool on behalf of the Royal British Legion for many years.
Following Ian’s death, his daughter Sian Cameron has carried on his good work each year and donated the two trophies.
Rotary Club Vice-President, Barbra Midgley presented the primary trophy to Throston head girl, Anjalee Dhaliwal, and head boy, Nathan Currell at a school assembly. This is the second year running that Throston has won.
The secondary trophy was presented to Manor College of Technology’s year nine pupil leaders Emma Nealon and Ben Rutherford by Rotary President Mohamed Menabawey. This is the fifth time and the second year running that Manor has won.