Pupils from Brancaster and Sedgeford Primary Schools become hospice superheroes

Children at Brancaster Primary School with Hospice Bear, Harmony and their Hospice Superhero certificates. ANL-150422-112927001
Children at Brancaster Primary School with Hospice Bear, Harmony and their Hospice Superhero certificates. ANL-150422-112927001
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Schoolchildren at Brancaster and Sedgeford Primary Schools have become “superheroes” to help Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

Youngsters have raised £250 for the hospice, based at Hillington, through a new programme launched by the charity’s fundraising team.

Hospice staff and their two mascots Hugh and Harmony, visited the two schools and explained to them how the hospice gives people the care and help that they need.

They also told them about the hospice superheroes who look after people in the community – the staff and the volunteers.

Pupils were told they didn’t need super powers to be a superhero, but could be outstanding by being kind and helpful.

Each pupil was given an envelope and asked to draw their favourite superhero.

To raise funds, they had to identify five helpful or caring activities which they would complete in five days. They invited family member and friends to sponsor them for undertaking the “superhero” activity.

Mark Shea, hospice commercial director said: “The hospice wanted to develop a fundraising programme for schools which ties in with the National Curriculum and also helped children learn about the importance of caring in their community.

“The children all really enjoyed taking part.

“Many of the children spent time helping their parents look after younger siblings and pets, and others spent time at school helping their classmates and teachers, and all the children received a sticker and a certificate at the end of the five days to reward them for their efforts.”

Headteacher of both Sedgeford and Brancaster Primary Schools, Mrs Sarah Bocking said: “Our children have always been kind and helpful to each other, and keen to support charities.

“This was an excellent initiative, which recognised and encouraged the children’s naturally caring qualities.”

The Norfolk Hospice is now looking for other local schools to join the programme.

Any schools which are interested in taking part should contact Rebekah Mills at The Norfolk Hospice on 01485 60170.

Alternatively send an email to her: Rebekah.mills@norfolkhospice.org.uk