Thoughtful pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield have handed a cheque for £800 to volunteers from Cancer Research UK.

Children and staff from the school, which specialises in a unique way of teaching children who are dyslexic or underachieving, presented the cheque to the charity after raising the money at their recent prize giving day.

Charity volunteers Lorraine Moore and Pauline Collingswood, who both live in Lichfield, joined children for their last school assembly before they broke up for the summer term to receive the money, and tell them a little more about the work the charity does.

The pair, whose lives have both  been touched by cancer, volunteer for the Tamworth and Lichfield Local Committee for Cancer Research UK, and thanked everyone for their hard work.

Pupil Daniel Streeter, aged 11, Lorraine Moore and Pauline Colingswood from Tamwroth and Lichfield Research UK group, Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher and pupil Jake Flood, aged 12

Pupil Daniel Streeter, aged 11, Lorraine Moore and Pauline Colingswood from Tamwroth and Lichfield Research UK group, Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher and pupil Jake Flood, aged 12

Pauline said: “It’s been such a lovely morning meeting everyone and to be able to thank them for their contributions. We are grateful for all donations, and were really pleased to come along to the assembly so we could say thank you in person, and were also surprised that such a small school were able to raise such a great sum. Every penny counts at helping with the research.

“Our group has just celebrated raising over £100,000 in just six years - and there are only six of us doing this. So we are really proud of the work that we do and also of everyone that has helped us, and to be able to encourage others to join us,” she added.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown said: “Cancer has touched so many of our lives that we knew this would be a good charity to raise money for. It was lovely to meet both Lorraine and Pauline today and our pupils were happy to have helped in their own way.”

There are around 120 pupils aged between seven and 17-years-old who attend the Lichfield school who live in Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Birmingham, Worcestershire and surrounding counties.

Maple Hayes Dyslexia School was founded in 1982 by Dr Neville Brown, the school Principal and was given the royal seal of approval in April when it was visited by Princess Beatrice, who herself is Dyslexic.

R by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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