An explosion of colour at Frodsham Manor House Primary School raised cash for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Pupils, staff and parents were showered with vibrant powdered paints during a colour run in aid of the charity on Friday (May 22).
Wearing white tops and eye protection, participants made a small donation to the hospice so they could run through different stations around the school field to emerge many-hued.
Teacher Naomi Anstice explained that Claire House is a cause close to their hearts because of the care and support it provides for headteacher Ian Devereux-Roberts’ family – two of his three children have SWAN (Syndrome Without A Name).
Frodsham Manor House has been raising money for the hospice for the last eight years through initiatives such as the birthday camper van money box, which families donate to on the week of their child’s birthday.
“Everyone had a fantastic time,” Mrs Anstice said.
“Thanks to all who helped, cheered, threw paint at us, ran, walked or skipped. Well done everyone! What a colourful end to an inspiring week. Go Team Manor!”
Claire Farrow, Cheshire area fundraiser for Claire House, said the £350 raised will mean that children with serious illnesses can have just as much fun at the hospice as the schoolchildren did during the colour run.
“One of the things we love most here at Claire House is children helping other children, and the pupils at Frodsham Manor House have gone, quite literally, to the ends of the rainbow to support the children and families we care for here at Claire House,” she added.
“Everyone at Claire House sends a huge colourful thank you to the people involved for all their hard work.”
The fundraiser marked the culmination of a week themed The Day the Crayons Quit.
Children arrived at school on Monday morning to find the school looking quite different – classrooms has been decorated with images featuring the wrong colours, such as green tigers and yellow strawberries.
Their investigations uncovered placards from the disgruntled crayons explaining why they had quit. The black crayon had gone on strike because it was mostly used for outlining when it wanted to colour in, while the pink crayon was disappointed that it was only used by girls.
Pupils enjoyed colourful activities over the course of the week, including baking rainbow cookies, face-painting and writing letters to persuade the crayons to return.
Mr Devereux-Roberts added: “What a colourful week we have had in school. When all our crayons quit the children knew they had to do something about it and boy did they do just that. We normally raise about £1,000 each year for Claire House and the amount raised on the day will greatly aid our target.”