Year 5 pupils at Garswood Primary School have come in for high praise after raising over £600 for two causes that support people living with dementia.
During the past academic year, the children have visited a dementia café based at St Andrew’s Mission Hall where they have worked alongside the community on a number of projects including flower arranging, art activities, music sessions, and bingo.
After discussing how they could raise awareness of the condition – which an estimated 850,000 people in the UK are living with – the class decided to hold fundraisers, too.
This saw them put on their walking boots and take on a 7.1 mile sponsored walk to Carr Mill Dam where they planted forget me not seeds along the way – while a cake sale also went down a treat.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Developing Young People, Councillor Sue Murphy – who is also Chair of Governors at the school – said: “Supporting our local community is at the heart of all that we do at Garswood.
“The opportunity to pop along and chat to people who have been affected by dementia in a relaxed, social environment has been extremely rewarding for the children who should be very proud of themselves for what they have achieved.”
The money will be split evenly between the dementia café and Alzheimer’s Society, the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia.