CATERING staff at a Hebburn school are serving up a health boost for patients while watching the pennies.
Cooks and meal supervisors at St Oswald’s Church of England Primary School presented Primrose Hill Hospital in Jarrow with a donation of £320.
The money was made up of 20p coins, which staff had patiently collected over a long period at the school in St Oswald’s Road, Hebburn.
The idea sprang from a former slimming club the staff used to organise.
Grandmother Viv Pascoe, from Jarrow, who has worked at the Hebburn school, as a meals supervisor for almost 20 years, said: “Our team has a tradition of raising money, going back more than 10 years.
“It started when we had a slimming group, and anyone who put on weight would put money in the charity box.
“While we no longer have the group, we’ve carried on saving 20p coins and it’s amazing how they mount up.
“In the past, we’ve given money to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.
“This time we decided we’d keep our donation local, and gave it to Primrose Hill Hospital, which also serves the community in which we work.”
The money raised by the Hebburn charity champions has boosted health provision at the Jarrow hospital.
Ward manager Lynn Jones said: “We really appreciate the kind gesture by the school meals staff.
“The money will go towards the cost of a device, which enables a bed to be tilted in different positions at regular intervals, gently moving the patient, to help prevent pressure ulcers.”