A GROUP of young charity champions have raised £1,000 for a good cause.
Pupils at Harton Primary School pulled in the donations on behalf of The Sick Children’s Trust’s Crawford House.
The home-from-home provides families with somewhere to stay while their youngsters are being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Pupils at the school in East Avenue, South Shields, raised the money through coffee mornings and non-uniform days.
Headteacher Alison Chipchase said: “As a school we were hugely impressed by the fantastic support Crawford House gave to the family of one of our nursery pupils, following an unfortunate accident.
“As a result, we decided to arrange a series of events to raise funds to support this great cause.
“A ‘big thank you’ to all our pupils, parents, staff and governors.”
Crawford House also provides emotional support for families who have seriously-ill children in hospital.
Work is in progress to build a second home-from-home at the city’s Freeman Hospital.
The appeal, launched by The Sick Children’s Trust and the Children’s Heart Unit Fund, will see a new 18-bedroom house which will accommodate the families of children who are undergoing heart surgery.
Gail Stonley, house manager of Crawford House, went along to the school to accept the cheque.
She said: “It was wonderful to attend a cheque presentation at Harton Primary School. The whole school has taken part in fundraising and we are so grateful.
“It costs us £28 to accommodate a family for one night in our home-from-home, so the money raised by parents, teachers and children at the school will help us to support many families and bring us one step closer to completing our second house here in Newcastle.”