Primary school children raised £700 for the Conquest Hospital in a fundraiser in honour of a fellow pupil who is battling cancer.
Children from Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy wore pink or dressed as a tiger and donated either £1 or some video games for the Kipling Unit on Friday (July 17).
The day was inspired by Year 2 pupil Joe Cooper who has been having treatment for a tumour at the Conquest.
Deputy headteacher Jo Feeney said the school wanted to help Joe and the hospital as much as they could.
“Joe is much loved and much liked and as a school we wanted to support and celebrate him,” she said.
“We asked Joe what he wanted to do and he decided he wanted all of the school to come in dressed in pink or as a tiger because that’s his favourite colour and animal.”
The hospital requested video games as they often get stolen from the ward but they are necessary to give the children something to play with.
The school was inundated with donations with around 80 video games, a PS3 and an Xbox 360, as well as the £700.45 in cash with £150 from Asda.
“You name it we’ve got it,” Mrs Feeney said.
“The hospital said they want to use the money to refurbish the oncology ward where patients can stay over night.
“As a deputy head, I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of parents and children at our school.
“It was a fabulous day with face painting and cake sales and Joe felt loved and felt our support.”
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