Primary school pupils raise more than £3600 in memory of former pupil

Pupils, staff and Governors at Endon Hall Primary School have raised a massive £3651 for The Donna Louise in memory of former pupil Matthew Hollinshead who died earlier this year.

The aim of the sponsored “Row and Run-a-thon” was to row and run the distance from the school in Endon to The Donna Louise Hospice, Trentham, and then back again in a day – a total distance of around 20 miles.

Matthew, a former pupil of Endon Hall, lost his battle with cancer earlier this year and the event was organised by the school’s sports apprentice, Harry Meredith, who was a close friend of Matthew’s and wanted to do something in his memory.

Vicki Lewis, Headteacher at Endon Hall Primary, said, “Seeing our whole school community get involved in this event in memory of Matthew, and raising such an impressive amount of money for The Donna Louise, just shows what we can achieve when we come together and what a difference we can make.”

Regional fundraiser at The Donna Louise, Vicky Smith, said, “Everyone who took part in this challenge can be really proud of what they’ve achieved in Matthew’s memory.

“The money they’ve raised will pay for a nurse for a month, so they really are making a huge difference to the lives of the children and young adults who rely on The Donna Louise. So, on their behalf, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Endon Hall Primary School for their support.”

To complete the 20 mile round trip between Endon and Trentham, the Reception class and Year 1 children all did a 100m run at the school, while the staff and Governors did a variety of different distances on the rowing machine.