EXCITED school pupils will spend a week together in the great outdoors thanks to the dedicated fundraising work of a teacher.
Year 6 pupils at Lynnfield Primary School, in Grosvenor Street, Hartlepool, were all counting down the days when they were told of a four-day break to Carlton Lodge in North Yorkshire.
But some students were left disappointed when parents said they could not afford the expensive cost of the residential trip.
Students who received free school meals only had to pay around £12 for the trip, but families of those who pay full price for school meals had to cough up more than 10 times that amount.
Year 6 teacher Alison Mulrooney was shocked by the gulf in prices and vowed to so something about it.
Miss Mulrooney said: “All primary school pupils should be able to go on their residential trip.
“I can still remember when I went to Carlton and how excited I was beforehand.
“I just didn’t think it was fair when I saw the prices and I know some parents were shocked by it as well.
“I love baking so I thought I would bake some cakes and bits and bobs and sell them at break time.
“Pupils got involved as well, they brought all different types of food in.
“We had that much it took us two days to sell it all.”
The sale raised around £400.
But after being that impressed by the dedication of the pupils and staff involved, headteacher Marian Fairley took some money out of the school funds to double the final amount raised.
Miss Mulrooney added: “The cost now for the children to go on the trip is around £63 instead of £124 so it has made a huge difference.
“They are all working very hard for their SATs at the minute, so it will be a welcome break for them.
“They can’t wait.”