Students boost RNLI

St Hild's pupils Robyn Mc Leod(left) and Kelsie(cor) Roberts pictured with some of the knitted hats and Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Steve Pounder.

St Hild's pupils Robyn Mc Leod(left) and Kelsie(cor) Roberts pictured with some of the knitted hats and Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Steve Pounder.

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HATS off to students, staff and relatives whose handiwork raised £400 for charity.

The youngsters at St Hild’s Church of England Secondary School, in King Oswy Drive, were helped by their parents and members of staff in knitting dozens of hats.

They then spent the day selling them at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and held a number of sales in school to raise as much money as they could for the Hartlepool RNLI.

And school staff and the lifesaving volunteers at the Hartlepool branch of the RNLI were absolutely delighted to discover the final total was £400.

Suzanne Sotheran, head of Year 9 at St Hild’s, praised the students and their relatives for their efforts.

She said: “It’s a fantastic amount of money to raise.

“Because this school serves the Headland and a lot of our students live on the Headland, the RNLI is something that is really important to us.

“Since we came up with the idea of knitting the hats and selling them to support the RNLI, the students have been so dedicated.

“They are absolutely delighted to have raised as much as this.”

The handover to the RNLI is another example of the excellent fundraising work of the students at St Hild’s.

Earlier this week they featured in the Mail after they raised £600 through raffles in school for brave youngster Jasmine Sanderson, who suffers with the rare condition Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.