Pupils raise huge amount

West Park Primary school pupils (left to right) Jade Burnett, Caitlin Gobie, Gurketan Handola, Harry Evans, Emily Farra and Alex Palmer talking part in a spelling event to raise funds for NSPCC. Picture by FRANK REID
West Park Primary school pupils (left to right) Jade Burnett, Caitlin Gobie, Gurketan Handola, Harry Evans, Emily Farra and Alex Palmer talking part in a spelling event to raise funds for NSPCC. Picture by FRANK REID
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GENEROUS pupils donated a staggering £3,838 to a children’s charity thanks to just one day of fundraising.

Youngsters at West Park Primary School, in Coniscliffe Road, Hartlepool, took part in a day of sponsored classroom activities.

The children were involved in sponsored spelling competitions and also got the chance to try their hand at paper-based illusions.

Kindhearted family and friends donated cash and all of the money raised went directly to the NSPCC.

The charity said it is extremely grateful for such an “incredible” total.

Mark Parry, headteacher at the school, said he is proud of all of the youngsters and thanked families for helping to raise the amount. Mr Parry said: “I don’t think we expected to raise as much as that, it is a fantastic total.

“We do regular fundraising events and we always sponsor one charity every year.”

Mr Parry said the children thoroughly enjoyed their day of fundraising and said more events will be planned in the near future.

“The generosity of people is brilliant,” he added.

“I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who supported us and helped to raise such a large amount and also a big well done to the pupils who took part.

“All of the staff are very proud.

“The NSPCC was extremely grateful.”

Harriet Hall, NSPCC spokeswoman for North- East and Cumbria, said: “Our huge thanks go to all the children and staff at West Park Primary School for supporting our work.

“£3,800 is an incredible amount for one primary school to raise through sponsored events.

“This will help us to provide local and national services to help us keep vulnerable children safe from harm.”