Primary school leads hospice fundraiser with ‘uniform day’

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A primary school is getting pupils back into uniform to help raise funds for a local hospice and now they are looking for more schools to join in.

Heswall Primary School has flipped the concept of non-school uniform day on its head by asking children to wear their uniform at home and make a donation to Wirral Hospice St John's in the process.

The school has asked kids to wear they're usual smart school wear any day this week and is already well on target to reach their fundraising goal.

Headteacher Jon Lawrenson said: "It came to my attention on Friday that Wirral Hospice St John’s is facing an enormous challenge with COVID 19.

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"60% of its fundraising is usually done through their charity shops and obviously this has dried up. They have launched an urgent appeal.

"I was also made aware that many of my children have been wanting to wear their school uniforms at home.

"One little girl, Jessica Williams, has wanted to wear her summer uniform each day at home. When her mum messaged us to tell us how she wants to wear her uniform, it gave us the idea to try to hold a ‘wear your uniform at home day’ to try and raise some funds for the Hospice

"The idea has gone down well. We sent a link to Wirral Hospice St John’s just giving page and straight away we achieved half of our original target of £500 in about an hour.

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"We then revised our target to £1000. We are currently at £775 and we haven’t had a single ‘wear your uniform day’ yet."

Although the idea started with Heswall, a number of other primary schools have now decided to join in and Mr Lawrenson is hoping that more will follow suit across the borough.

He added: "I know the high schools have been amazing at creating PPE for front line key workers, so I thought the primary schools could do this to help.

"Many schools will have their own fundraising ideas and that is fine. I’m just hoping I can get as many primary schools onboard as possible.

"There is is zero pressure for any school to join in as so many schools are working so hard to keep key workers and vulnerable children safe."

Schools wishing to contribute to the 'wear your uniform' charity pot can do so by clicking here.