A BIG-HEARTED group of youngsters with learning difficulties raised £300 for a hospice for people with terminal illnesses.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford was given the money after young people in West Cheshire College’s young learners group clubbed together to collect cash for their chosen charity.
Yesterday they handed over the cheque.
Many of the learners in the group experience learning difficulties of one sort or another.
Julian Wedd, the group’s tutor, said: “They did a sponsored walk that started at Capenhurst train station and walked to the Ellesmere Port campus. We’ve got a group of mixed ability and we wanted them all to be able to do it together.
“They took collection buckets with them.
“We also did ‘name the meerkat’ in college, where people £1 to guess the name of a meerkat.
“The students chose the hospice democratically by vote. They all spent time researching different charity groups. Each group presented its case to the group as a whole and a vote was taken which the hospice won.
“There were some personal motivations too – the hospice had cared for a close relative of one of our learners during their later days.”