School’s food for thought

Janice Forbes of the Hartlepool and District Hospice with pupils(left to right) Anais Emerson, Erin Casey, Max Goding, Sam Brown, Libbie Smith, Ava Campion and Olivia Sharpe.
Janice Forbes of the Hartlepool and District Hospice with pupils(left to right) Anais Emerson, Erin Casey, Max Goding, Sam Brown, Libbie Smith, Ava Campion and Olivia Sharpe.
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PARENTS of children at a town school have been praised for their generosity after helping to boost a local charity.

The sale of tinned and boxed goods and fresh produce as part of harvest festival celebrations at Hartlepool’s West Park Primary School, raised £202 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Parents donated products, resulting in 18 large boxes of food being collected, as well as fresh produce.

Then the fresh produce was sold back to parents in the schoolyard at the end of the school day, while the rest of the goods were donated to the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Over the years, the school has raised £5,794 for the hospice, through various events including the sale of Easter and Christmas ‘beanie’ toys.

Anita Vranch, a teacher at the school, said: “We have got a long history with the hospice.

“We have been supporting it for a few years through the harvest festival and we like to support a local charity.

“We are very proud of the parents’ generosity – they were so generous in giving and actually buying back the produce.”

Hospice community fundraiser Janice Forbes, who was presented with the money during a school assembly, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the school assembly to receive a fantastic £202 that the pupils and parents raised at their Harvest Festival.

“The support we have from West Park pupils, staff and parents is very much appreciated by all at the hospice.”