Pupils on song for needy youngsters

IMPRESSIVE: Greatham Primary School children singing in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
IMPRESSIVE: Greatham Primary School children singing in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

LITTLE angels sang their hearts out for shopping centre visitors in a project to help less fortunate youngsters.

Children from Greatham Primary School raised money for the NSPCC when they sung carols and festive songs in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, on Friday morning.

Impressed shoppers gave generously to NSPCC volunteers and to the school’s own collection bucket.

Greatham Primary School was one of several Hartlepool schools to sing in the shopping centre for the children’s charity.

Julia Patterson, chairwoman of the local branch of the NSPCC, said: “All the money raised by the children will be used locally in Hartlepool and the collieries.

“We are a small fundraising committee and don’t take any expenses.

“This is the 16th year we have held this event. Previously we have visited supermarkets and other shops in the town.

“This is the first year we have been in the town centre, and the Middleton Grange staff were very helpful.”

Children from school years, Five and Six, entertained onlookers as they sang nine seasonal songs.

Class teacher Sarah Richardson said: “The children practised and worked hard beforehand, and did a brilliant job on the day.

“Lots of people said afterwards they thought the singing was lovely. I’m really proud of them.”

The money they raised has still to be counted.

Mrs Patterson added: “The important thing is it is children raising money for other children less fortunate than themselves.”