When children from the Mini Vinnies group at St Mary’s Catholic First School in Hexham started to plan their fundraising day for Tynedale Hospice at Home, little did they realise their efforts would win them a special award and take them all the way to Westminster.
The Mini Vinnies, a special group established at the school to raise awareness and funds for charities, first invited staff from Tynedale Hospice into the school at the start of the school year. During the visit the children heard about the work of the Hospice and learnt about how they could help friends who might have had a family member pass away. Following a visit to the Rainbow Room, the group decided to plan a special day of fundraising at the school which all staff and pupils could take part in.
A list of creative fundraising challenges was put together including: how long you can hold a note to how many jumpers you could put on in a minute. Thanks to the efforts of all the children and the generosity of their sponsors, a fantastic £843 was raised for Tynedale Hospice at Home.
The efforts of the Mini Vinnies has seen them win a special Speakers School Council Award, which they received at a ceremony in Westminster. Four pupils represented the school at the House of Commons where they had a private tour and visited the House of Lords.