Altruistic youngsters at a Newcastle primary school have raised more than £400 for six different charities as part of their fundraising activities for Lent. The Year 6 pupils at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School held a Lenten Charity Day with stalls selling hand-made jewellery and baked goods, along with a raffle, an obstacle course, a ‘Mini Great North Run’, and a chocolate Easter egg competition.

Children and staff at the school, part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, voted for which charities to support this year.

This is all planned and facilitated by the Year 6 children,” explained their teacher, Nathan Seville. “All I do as the Year 6 teacher is aid with the logistics with the fundraising day. Children and their families source all the items for the stalls.

The cause chosen to benefit from the largest portion of donations was Mosaic Family Support, which works to help families suffering bereavement, and received £180 from St Catherine’s fundraising day.

Mosaic was voted by the children of St Catherine’s after the Lenten charity presentations that took place on March 20,” continued Mr Seville. “Every Lenten season, Year 6 children research charities to fundraise for, and a group of five children chose Mosaic.

It is a remarkable charity, dedicated to providing vital support to bereaved children and their families during their time of need,” he added.

With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those who have experienced loss, Mosaic offers a range of services designed to help children navigate their grief journey in a supportive and nurturing environment.

The charities sharing the remaining funds included the Teenage Cancer Trust, Tiny Lives, which supports premature babies and their families, the Team Evie charity for sick children and their families, Tony’s Chocolonely, which works to improve the lives of those working in the cocoa industry, and mental health charity Anxious Minds. The five each organisations received over £45 each from the school.

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St Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Newcastle