Youngsters from the age of two up to eight-year-old have helped raise funds for the paediatric diabetes team at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
It has come from South Lee School’s Christmas productions held in front of parents and staff and from the children baking and selling cakes.
The money, which amounted to £400, has now been handed over to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work at the hospital.
The Early Years children, whose ages range from two to five, took part in their production called “A Miracle in Town” and featured Cygnets, Swans and Reception Class joining together while the Pre Prep youngsters, aged five to eight, who took part in their show called “Shine”.
Both were described as a “joyous experience”.
Watching the children performing was Julie Last, the head of Early Years at the school in Nowton Road, who said: “The children astounded me with their enthusiasm and confidence. Our Cygnets performed with such sincerity and the Swans sang with gusto and a great sense of fun. It was wonderful to see the Reception children taking responsibility for the more traditional roles. To combine both song and action is no easy feat at this tender age but they all rose to the challenge and we are so proud of every one of them. The shows were amazing and the children were fantastic.”
She added that the school wanted to raise the money specifically for the childrens’ diabetes team at the hospital as it was particularly significant for the school.
She added: We chose My WiSH because it’s very local to us and there’s plenty of children at the school who could be using the hospital in some way or another in the future and we also have parents of the children who work at the hospital.”
Sue Smith, head of fundraising for My WiSH, thanked the school for their continued support adding: “It’s always so lovely when schools get involved with us to support their local hospital. The paediatric diabetes team will make great use of this donation by taking their young patients on trips with other children, also with diabetes. It’s a great way of educating them and allowing them to know they’re not alone. Thanks to all at South Lee for their amazing donation”.
Pictured above is Ruth O’Sullivan, the head of South Lee School, and Myra Ferrari, from the My WiSH Charity, holding the cheque with the pupils at the school.