A CHILDREN’S cancer charity is more than £600 better off thanks to the dedicated fundraising work of secondary school students.
CLIC Sargent was chosen as one of English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College’s chosen charities to support this year in memory of much-loved youngster Becky Bell, who sadly lost her fight with cancer in January 2012, aged just seven.
Becky’s older brother Mark, 13, is a student at the Hartlepool school and he joined fellow students in taking part in a number of fundraising activities and events.
Those events helped to raise more than £600 which has now been handed over to the charity and was gratefully accepted by Becky’s mum Julie, who is now an ambassador for CLIC.
Julie, 42, who is married to Mark, 38, and is also a mum of Vicki, 24, said: “It’s fantastic that the school chose to support CLIC.
“It was nice for Mark to be able to raise money for a charity which obviously means so much to him and all of our family.
“But it’s also good that other students who perhaps didn’t know about CLIC now know about all of the fantastic work the charity does.
“On behalf of everyone at the charity, we are really grateful for the school’s suppport.”
Louise Hickey, a head of house at English Martyrs, praised all of the students who helped to raise the cash.
Mrs Hickey said: “With Mark being a student here at the school we decided to support CLIC and the support from all of the students has been absolutely brilliant.
“So many of our students have played a part in helping to raise the money and after all of the hard work it was nice to be able to hand the cheque over to Julie when she came in to school representing the charity.”