Alan Sugar-style student investment challenge raises thousands for children’s hospice

Karen MacClennan of Grace House (2nd left) with pupils from St. Leonards RC School, Durham who recieved a cash sum from local businessman Simon Berry to use as a starting point for funraising.
Karen MacClennan of Grace House (2nd left) with pupils from St. Leonards RC School, Durham who recieved a cash sum from local businessman Simon Berry to use as a starting point for funraising.
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A STUDENT challenge raised hundreds of pounds for the Grace House children’s hospice.

Two teams of sixth formers at St Leonard’s Catholic School were each given £100 by Gilesgate optician Simon Berry, with instructions to turn the money into as much as they could for the appeal.

A total of £957.84 was raised with £640 coming from the winning Helping Hands team.

They held a range of events including a clothes swap shop, talent show and two discos.

“The talent show and discos made the most money,” said team member Jake Miller, 18, from Wheatley Hill.

“We also had a Sunderland AFC fans v Newcastle United fans football match.

“Sunderland won 4-1, but there are more of their fans in the school, so I think Newcastle struggled to raise a team.”

Teacher Chris Hind said: “Our thanks go to Simon Berry for his generosity and hard work in arranging the challenge.”

The Grace House children’s hospice is being built in Southwick, Sunderland.

l The Echo has launched its Hospice of Hope Appeal in aid of Grace House.

We’re calling on readers to help us raise £20,000 for a play area at the hospice. The park will have specialist equipment to allow the seriously-ill children using Grace House to play alongside their brothers and sisters.

To text a donation to the Hospice of Hope Appeal, text PARK12 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £1) to 70070. Any amount between £1 and £10 can be donated.

Donations can also be made by cheque or postal order, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

Cheques and postal orders can be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

Tell us about your fund-raising events by contacting David Allison on email: david.allison@northeast-press.co.uk or tel. 501 7137.