Pupils take pride in fundraising for Leo the Lion

Pupils throughout the junior and senior schools demonstrated how fantastic they are at fundraising as they raised money for Leo Keefe, a four year old boy suffering from a rare brain cancer.

The family of Leo were hoping to raise £150,000 so that they could take their son to the USA for proton beam therapy treatment. With the generosity of people across the world, including our pupils, they have managed to reach this total.

In the junior school, the pupils took part in a range of activities as they raised an incredible £5,083!

A ‘Bob a Job’ campaign was set up where boys and girls got their hands dirty doing a host of jobs at home – earning a ‘bob’ for each task they completed. The pupils washed pots, cleaned out chickens, washed dogs and did the hoovering. Completing these chores helped the children appreciate their hard earned donations all the more.

The junior school pupils also raised money by selling ‘Leo the Lion’ teddies, keyrings and wristbands. The products proved to be extremely popular with the children as they were swiftly snapped up, adding to the fundraising amount.

Concluding the week’s fundraising activities, junior school headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler delivered a thought-provoking assembly where he retold the parable of the Good Samaritan with a Mancunian twist using Manchester City and Manchester United fans. The moral of the story was to show that we should try and help everyone who needs our help.

In the senior school, Mr Dominic Breffit, philosophy teacher and head of house for Vernon, vowed to shave off his beard if pupils in his house could raise £500 before house assemblies took place. This was a challenge that the pupils were keen to meet and meet it they did as they quickly and competently raised the target amount. Mr Breffit was true to his word and gamely let Mr Thorley shave off his beard in front of a packed crowd.

For more information about Leo the Lion please click here.

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