SCHOOL pupils raised hundreds of pounds during a sponsored silence in memory of a much-loved parish priest.
Youngsters at St William’s RCVA Primary School took part in a sponsored silence that raised around £1,100 in memory of Hartlepool-born Father John Caden, who died in February aged 89.
Fr Caden, who was instrumental in the school being built in Trimdon Village - for which he was a governor - served Sedgefield’s St John Fisher RC Church for 55 years.
It is hoped the money raised will be used to buy a benche and a plaque in memory of Fr Caden, who was known as Jack, for the school playground.
The idea to create the memorial to the priest came from the school council.
Headteacher Kate Ellis said: “We have been overwhelmed at the generosity of the school community in raising this fantastic amount. It reflects the high esteem in which Fr Caden was held and the affection we all had for him.
“We have spoken to the children about how the money should be spent and we are now in the process of designing a small garden area of reflection in the school grounds.”