Holy Name pupils show power of a smile for Marie Curie

'We can't thank these children enough'

Year 6 children from Holy Name primary school in Fazakerley turned smiles into pounds for Marie Curie when they took part in the Windmills Foundation's £10 smile challenge.

The scheme offers £10 to children to make someone smile, and the pupils decided to use the money to raise further funds in support of children's services at the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool.

Neil Morris, a teacher at Holy Name whose wife Rachel works at the hospice, explained: 'The pupils used their money from the Windmills Foundation to buy cakes and sell them at a charity cake sale. They also decided to have a car wash for staff, with staff donating £5 to have their car washed or a forfeit of £10 to not have their car washed. Altogether they raised £420 for Marie Curie.'

Rachel Morris, children's counsellor at Marie Curie, said: 'The amazing amount of money raised will go towards the setting up of a much-needed pre-adolescent bereavement group. Here the children will be able to support each other through what would otherwise be a very difficult time. We can't thank these children enough for their hard work and generous donation.'

Marie Curie fundraiser Antony Jones praised the efforts of the Holy Name pupils, and added: 'The enthusiasm and joy they put into their fundraising for Marie Curie is so inspirational. We would love to hear from schools interested in working with Marie Curie next term.'

For more information, call 0151 801 1412 or email: antony.jones@mariecurie.org.uk