Blue clothes and face painting for Butterwick Hospice

St Bega's pupils with Bea from Butterwick Hospice
St Bega's pupils with Bea from Butterwick Hospice

FUNDRAISING youngsters turned their classroom blue and raised money for a hospice.

The kind-hearted toddlers at St Bega’s RC School nursery, in Hartlepool, donned blue clothes and painted their faces for the morning of fundraising.

The efforts of the children helped to raise more than £100 for the children’s ward at the Butterwick Hospice.

The efforts were part of the Bea Blue for Butterwick campaign and the hospice’s mascot Bea made a guest visit to the school, in Thorpe Street.

Headteacher Mike Cooney said: “Our fundraising morning was a real success.

“All of the kids made a real effort to come in to school in some blue clothes and they were even painting their faces blue.

“The classroom looked fantastic.”

Mr Cooney added: “The response for Bea was fantastic, the kids absolutely loved him.

“It made their day and it was just so special for them to have a visitor like Bea in the classroom.”

Although they have already made more than £100 for the cause, donations from the fundraising morning are still being counted so staff at the school are unsure of the exact final total.

“We get lots of fliers in the school of different charities we can raise money for,” added Mr Cooney.

“The work of the Butterwick Hospice is absolutely fantastic and we were very happy to be able to help out.

“Hopefully we will do even more fundraising for them in the future.”

Jackie Firth, publicity and relations manager for the Butterwick Hospice, in Stockton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that St Bega’s nursery class got involved with Bea Blue for Butterwick.

“We hope they had a wonderful day and enjoyed Bea’s visit.

“Everyone at the hospice would like to thank them for their fantastic efforts in raising money.”