Fundraising pupils show they’re all heart for charity

KIND HEARTS: Michael Roper, branch secretary of the British Heart Foundation, with pupils from Highfield Community Primary School who added more than �600 to the charity's funds.

KIND HEARTS: Michael Roper, branch secretary of the British Heart Foundation, with pupils from Highfield Community Primary School who added more than �600 to the charity's funds.

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BIG-HEARTED little boys and girls have helped to raise thousands of pounds for a life-saving charity.

Pupils at a number of Wearside schools put on red clothing for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Wear It, Beat It campaign.

Highfield Community Primary School, in Ford Estate, raised £647, Barnes Infants School collected £328, Little Learners Nursery £140, while St Leonard’s Primary in Silksworth brought in £134 with a day of action.

Asda’s Grangetown store helped to raised £396 for the appeal, while Sainsbury’s in Silksworth raised £468.

Staff at Tesco in East Herrington also raised £195, while nurses at the Coronary Care unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital, generated £200.

Michael Roper, secretary of the BHF’s Sunderland branch and someone who has suffered from heart problems over the past 20 years, said: “To all who helped by taking part and supporting the Wear it, Beat It appeal, I would like to say a very big thank you.

“It goes without saying that the folk here in Sunderland show their support with their generosity, for this we are most humbly appreciative.

“This is the Sunderland branch of the British Heart Foundation’s 40th anniversary, so we hope that when you see us out collecting, you come over and say hello for your support which, over these last 40 years, has been phenomenal.”