Children at Delamere CE Academy have raised cash for charity throughout the year through a house system.

The houses, Owls, Squirrels, Hedgehogs and Foxes work together to raise the money for their chosen charity.

The system works with teachers interviewing Year 6 children for positions of responsibility including house and vice captains, road safety officers, eco officer and a health and safety executive.

Delamere CE Academy raise money for charity

Each house then chooses a charity to raise money for throughout the school year. They organise charity days and collections, and get the chance to be entrepreneurs in fundraising for their chosen cause.

The youngsters set themselves a target of raising £500 per house for their respective charities.

The Foxes held a Santa Dash to raise funds for Alder Hey Hospital to raise £897, which included a £150 donation from Quality Solicitors Oliver and Co in Chester. They purchased gifts for the children and delivered these to the hospital. The Hedgehogs chose After Adoption Agency, Squirrels chose North West Air Ambulance and Owls, the Salvation Army.

Delamere CE Academy raise money for charity

Headteacher Steve Docking said: “Opportunities like this help to develop children’s global awareness, give them a great understanding of values and ensure that they have a sense of care for others.

“We believe the house system is vital in our culture and ethos of the school and creates better more rounded children as a result.”