City youngsters raise thousands of pounds for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

City youngsters raise thousands of pounds for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice

SCHOOL children from across Coventry have raised thousands of pounds for a baby hospice as part of a fundraising challenge.

Made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school, the Romero Catholic Academy has presented £4,790 to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Schools including Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools and Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Secondary School were set a challenge to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

Members of each school council came up with a host of fundraising activities and events for pupils to take part in, including cake sales, non-uniform days, sponsored silences, discos and performances.

A special celebration was held to present the money to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, which provides care to babies and infants with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and needs to raise £1.3 million every year to operate at full capacity.

Pupils and staff from each school were joined by Zoe’s Place staff and two-year-old Ethan Maclellan, who receives care at the hospice.

A special video was created ahead of the event to demonstrate how each school raised their funds, while speeches were made by community fundraiser Jane McGaffney and fundraising manager Mick McCann.

Jane said: “All of the schools have raised an amazing amount of money for the hospice and we are very grateful for their support.

“It was wonderful to see the video presentation showing how each school raised their funds.

“The money raised will go towards our fundraising target as we look to increase the amount of children we can look after at one time from four to six.”

Dean Kavanagh, chair of the board of directors at the Romero Catholic Academy, said: “We are very proud of our children across the academy, they have worked together to raise a fantastic amount of money for a truly worthy cause.

“Members of the school councils did an excellent job organising and co-ordinating a range of fundraising activities which all of the pupils joined in with.

“Zoë’s Place is a wonderful local cause and it was excellent to welcome Jane, Mick and other staff as well as Ethan to our celebration where we were able to present the funds and hear more about the fantastic work taking place at the hospice.”

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