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Stella Maris Pupils Reach New Fundraising Heights

Pupils at Stella Maris School were this week amazed to find out that pennies they have collected for Salford charity Caritas will - if placed in one long line - reach a distance of 158 meters or 518 feet; that’s the same as the height of Blackpool Tower!

Collecting since the first day of Lent - 22nd February - pupils have donated a grand total of 14,831 pennies / £148.31p to the Catholic charity's Lenten ‘St Joseph’s Penny’ appeal which provides care and support for children and parents with family difficulties or where children are vulnerable and at risk. This year, money raised will go towards the Young Parents’ Service, which has been deeply affected by council funding cuts.

To raise money, Stella Maris pupils collected loose change in St Joseph’s Penny boxes, but also hosted their own break-time class stalls selling slices of toast and cakes. When all the pennies were collected each class took part in a ‘Penny Race’ lining up all their coins in the school hall – the winning class with the longest line was Year5/6 reaching a total of 66 metres.

“The children did really well, St Joseph’s Penny is a great appeal and an important opportunity for our pupils to learn about helping other children and young people whose lives are affected by poverty, disadvantage or insecurity,” said headmaster Mr Whittell.

For more information please contact Lisa Durrant at Stella Maris School: 0161 432 0532 / lisa.durrant@stellamarisschool.co.uk