St. Mary's pupils put their best foot forward recently in a bid to raise funds for our local hospice.
Thanks to the efforts of pupils at St. Mary’s College & Preparatory School, a cheque for £2,000 was presented to St. Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton, the oldest and largest hospice on Merseyside.
This was the result of a variety of fundraising initiatives by pupils, including our Edmund Rice Walk, a sponsored 12-kilometre ‘desert trek’ along Sefton’s Coastal Path.
Although St. Mary’s is now run as an independent trust, it was set up by the Christian Brothers in 1919, and the school remains committed to supporting the spiritual, educational and charitable principles of Edmund Rice, founder of the movement.
The presentation ceremony was scheduled to take place during national Hospice Care Week, which saw Preparatory School pupils wearing green in support of Jospice which provides specialist end-of-life care and support to more than 200 patients and their families every year.
The cheque was received by Jospice Chief Executive, Mike Parr, who commented: “It was wonderful to visit St. Mary’s College & Preparatory School during Hospice Care Week and to see the children all wearing green in support of the hospice.
“I was even more delighted and humbled when they presented me with a cheque for £2,000 which they had raised through some really innovative and exciting fundraising events and activities.
“As a charity, we rely so much on our local communities, and it is wonderful to see young people engaging with the hospice.
“We are also really looking forward to hearing the children sing at our annual Light up a Life service in December. On behalf of all our staff, patients and families at St. Joseph’s Hospice, I’d like to thank everyone at St. Mary’s for their continued support.”
St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, added: “I am absolutely delighted by the efforts of our pupils who have enhanced the school’s excellent reputation for raising money for local, regional and national charitable organisations.
“The Edmund Rice Walk is a great opportunity for staff and students to spend the day together in the open air, and at the same time to raise funds for an exceptionally good cause like Jospice.
“And of course the link to Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers has added significance for us at the moment, as we prepare to celebrate the centenary of the school being founded next year.”