School pupils help disaster zone

Shown following the presentation at English Martyrs school are (left to right) Barbra Midgley and Ted Jackson of Hartlepool Rotary Club, pupil Josephine West, Headteacher Michael Lee, pupil Michael Kerringe-Gordon, Neil Midgley of Hartlepool Rotary Club and teacher Anne Marie Lavelle.
Shown following the presentation at English Martyrs school are (left to right) Barbra Midgley and Ted Jackson of Hartlepool Rotary Club, pupil Josephine West, Headteacher Michael Lee, pupil Michael Kerringe-Gordon, Neil Midgley of Hartlepool Rotary Club and teacher Anne Marie Lavelle.
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STUDENTS have raised £700 for an overseas disaster fund.

Pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, collected the money to provide aid to the disaster-struck Philippines which was hit by typhoon Haiyan.

School chaplain Anne-Marie Lavelle was delighted with the commitment the school’s youngsters had shown.

She said: “I’m astounded. We would’ve been happy if a couple of hundred pounds had been raised, but £700, it just shows the pupils’ generosity.”

The school, which has been involved in a number of fundraisers in the past, including Hats for Haiti, held a prayer and reflection session, with a video to show the students the scale of the typhoon’s destruction and exactly how their donations would help.

Anne-Marie said: “This school comes together really well. We have lots of Filipino children here and had a prayer for them.”

The money raised has already covered the cost of one ShelterBox, the survival kit sent out to those in need of essentials following disasters, and the school could yet fund another if donations continue.

Ted Jackson, president of the Rotary Club which is runn ing an appeal in aid of Philippines fundraising, said: “This really shows the true colours of the children in this town, it’s absolutely fantastic.”