Fundraising initiative for Little Lives

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Students taking part in a fundraising initiative for the hospital’s Little Lives Appeal have raised a phenomenal £4,600.

For eight weeks, pupils at St Mary and St Giles School in Stony Stratford have taken up the £1 Challenge for Little Lives. Each child in the school was given £1, donated by John Lewis Milton Keynes, and asked to come up with a business idea that would generate income. All income was then donated to the Little Lives Appeal. Headmaster Mr Kieran Salter announced the final figure this week and is delighted with not only how much has been raised, but how fully the children embraced their projects. He said: “We’ve had some highly imaginative business ideas and the reports the children produced were bright, colourful and so much fun to read. This has been such a great experience for the children, staff and also for the parents, who got involved and supported their children with their projects. We’re thrilled to have raised so much money for the appeal.”

Although Mr Salter celebrated those individuals who had raised the most money and produced the most innovative idea, he was pleased to see the children supporting each other so well. Several of the children had been treated – or had a sibling treated – on the Neonatal Unit, so really took the £1 Challenge to heart.

Oliver Newman raised an impressive £220 after selling a comic book he had written to the public and at car boot fairs. His mother Lene was only too pleased to support him. She said: “Whilst this is a school project, it has become a family project for us as the cause is very close to our hearts because Oliver was born 12 weeks prematurely. We remember with gratitude, admiration and humility, the care and attention given to Oliver as our family’s fate was left in the hands of the Neonatal Unit. We will be eternally grateful to the team. It is a privilege for us to be able to give a little bit back.”

The school decided to take up the £1 Challenge after meeting with the hospital’s Fundraising Manager, who would like to work with more schools in 2012. Should other schools wish to carry out their own £1 Challenge they should contact Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.