Kindhearted kids

Ben Margetts of the NSPCC and fundraiser Ellis Stewart(right) pictured with Throston primary school pupils (left to right) Alithea Fawcett, Travis Gorton, Jacob Robinson and Sienna Williams.

Ben Margetts of the NSPCC and fundraiser Ellis Stewart(right) pictured with Throston primary school pupils (left to right) Alithea Fawcett, Travis Gorton, Jacob Robinson and Sienna Williams.

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A YEAR-LONG fundraising campaign has resulted in kindhearted town primary school pupils handing over almost £1,000 to the NSPCC.

Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, revealed the NSPCC would be their chosen charity of the year in support of Ellis Stewart, a Hartlepool mountaineer whose children attend the school and who is planning to take on one of the most gruelling challenges possible when he climbs Mount Everest to raise cash for the charity.

The school has since held a number of quirky events and activities as they demonstrated their support for the charity.

And headteacher Mark Atkinson hailed the fundraising campaign as a “massive success” as they handed £931.93 to the NSPCC ahead of the school breaking up for the summer holidays earlier this week.

Mr Atkinson said: “When we announced the NSPCC as our chosen charity of the year we didn’t set a target of how much we wanted to raise.

“But the staff, the pupils and our parents have been absolutely fantastic.

“They have supported all of the events and activities we have organised and helped to raise this brilliant total.”

Mr Atkinson said the school will continue to follow Ellis’ journey as he looks to raise sponsorship and achieve his “dream” of scaling Everest.

The pupils got their own opportunity when an 18-foot climbing wall was brought into the school grounds for one of the fundraisers earlier this year. Around 150 youngsters climbed 11,430ft on the wall – the equivalent of trekking from Everest’s base camp to the summit.

“I think that gave the children an idea of just how much of a challenge Ellis will be undertaking,” added Mr Atkinson.

“We will obviously be continuing to follow his progress and all of the children are very interested now as well. He has been to visit us a few times and the children really took to the fundraising campaign.”