18 Nov 2013

Pupils from Jesmond based Newcastle Church High School have run up an impressive total, after taking part in a number of sporting events to raise money for charity.

The girls, aged between 11 and 14, raised an incredible £1,601.04 for national children’s charity, the NSPCC, as part of the school’s ongoing commitment to fundraising.

To raise the remarkable sum, year seven completed a sponsored swim where each girl raced to swim as many lengths as they could in 30 minutes.

Girls from year eight took part in a sponsored ‘Shuttle and Shots’ game, whereby teams of five ran shuttles and scored goals at high intensity for 15 minutes. Finally, year nine pupils did a sponsored hockey circuit to complete the sporty fundraising.

Kay Thew, head of year seven at Church High, said: “I am incredibly proud of the girls’ efforts and the total that they have managed to raise for this worthwhile cause is outstanding. The girls really worked hard to gain as much sponsorship as possible and everyone gave it 100% on the day and really enjoyed it.

“Teaching our girls about charity and ways in which they can support such worthwhile causes is a very important part of the Church High ethos, which we hope will stay with our girls for many years to come.”

After receiving the large donation, the NSPCC wrote to thank the girls for their efforts. Lisa Jones, NSPCC Schools Organiser for the North, said: “The generosity shown by everyone who sponsored a child resulted in the fantastic sum of £1,601.04 being raised, which is amazing by anyone’s standards. But when a large amount like this is raised at a time of such economic doom and gloom, when many of us are experiencing greater than normal financial pressures, it makes me feel very proud indeed and I cannot thank you enough.”