Students at Neston High School raised a phenomenal £8,100 for the Marina Dalglish Fund by taking part in a sponsored walk.
The Marina Dalglish Fund was established in 2005 to improve cancer care on Merseyside.
Students were overwhelmed when former Liverpool footballer Kenny Dalglish and his wife Marina visited the school to receive the cheque and speak at a special assembly. Kenny and Marina thanked students for their generosity in raising the considerable sum and described how money from the charity has benefited local communities to date.
The walk was part of a programme of fundraising the students undertake for their chosen charities. In January, an ambitious target was set to raise £14,000 for 14 charities for 2014. Along with the sponsored walk, students have raised money through non-uniform days, cake sales, concerts and sponsored silences.
Other charities Neston High students have chosen to support in 2014 are Mary’s Meals, Prostate Cancer UK, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Smile, the shoebox appeal, Neston Foodbank, Help for Heroes, Brain Research, the RSPCA, Tom Boon Raleigh International, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Joseph Windsor Heart Trust.
Head boy Matthew Vine said: “Charity work is a major focus for the school. The £8,100 raised for the Marina Dalglish Fund is proof of how effective we can be when we mobilise as a school community. Thank you to all the students who work hard to raise money for local, national and international causes.“
Headteacher Steve Dool added: “It was a tremendous privilege to welcome Kenny and Marina Dalglish to the school. I was proud that the school was able to make a substantial contribution to the appeal. In addition to celebrating the school’s fundraising achievements, students watched highlights from Kenny’s career in football and the school shared with Kenny and Marina our sporting triumphs.”
For more information about The Marina Dalglish Fund, go to www.marinadalglishappeal.org .