November 2014: Pennies make pounds for Rossendale Hospice

GENEROUS students and staff at Haslingden High School raised more than any school has ever done for the Rossendale Hospice Penny Pinching appeal.

This year, as part of the 25th birthday celebrations for the charity, the school collected £1,080.88 – a fifth of the total raised by all 33 schools that took part.

Religious Studies teacher Megan Yates said: “It was a wonderful school effort from the staff and students to the families who filled the boxes.

“It is a really good charity to support. By bringing in their spare pennies our students and their families raised the highest amount ever raised by any of the Rossendale schools who take part in the annual competition.

“The money will make a massive difference to individuals and families in Rossendale coping with life limiting illnesses.”

This year’s appeal raised nearly £5,000 with 33 schools across Rossendale taking part.

The primary school that raised the most was Helmshore and the nursery competition was won by Staghills.

Community fund-raising manager Sam Morris said: “Congratulations to each of our winners. We really appreciate the time and effort that each of our schools puts into encouraging pupils and their families to support the Challenge.

“This year’s efforts will help us to reach even more of the local people who need our vital services, thank you to each and every pupil that took part and helped your schools to make such a positive impact.”