Savio pupils thanked for fundraising efforts

Hospice 'so very grateful for support'

The pupils and teachers of Savio Salesian College in Bootle have been praised for their generous fundraising efforts which have brought in around £5,000 for St Joseph's Hospice.

The school has developed innovative ways of raising funds over the years, and pupils sold 250 St Joseph's Hospice teddies and more than 150 Light up a Life badges last term alone. After receiving the school's most recent donation, Laura Smith, community fundraiser for the Thornton-based hospice, said: "We are so very grateful for the support we receive from Savio Salesian College and want to thank the students and teachers for their generosity. We need to raise £6,500 every day to keep our services running so donations like this are vital."

Savio even stage an annual 'Reindeer Romp' each December. All 500 students and teachers make a donation before completing two laps of the school site wearing reindeer antlers. Mike Bennett, the associate assistant head teacher and head of RE, said: "Over 70 per cent of hospice patients are from the Bootle area and so most of our staff and students have a personal connection to the hospice." 

To find out how you can support St Joseph's Hospice, please call 0151 932 6044 or email
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Savio Salesian students (l
r) Michael, Kieron, Megan and Beth with teachers (lr) Mrs Harrison, Mr Kearney, Fr Briody and Mr Bennett are pictured donating their latest cheque of £445 to Laura Smith, community fundraiser at St Joseph's Hospice.