CHILDREN from schools in the city’s Romero Catholic Academy visited Myton Hospice, in the grounds of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, to present a donation of £1,059.
The funds were raised by staff members across the academy during a raffle held at their latest employee conference.
Prizes were donated by school suppliers as well as members of the community and included a laptop, a round at Warwickshire Golf Club, a food hamper and a meal for two at The Cross in Kenilworth.
The Academy is made up of seven Coventry primary schools and one secondary school, including Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools and Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School.
The donation comes at an important time as The Myton Hospices, which has sites in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick, has been significantly impacted by Covid and is more than £400,000 down on its fund-raising income compared to this time two years ago pre-pandemic.
Claire McDowell, the Myton Hospices’ community fund-raiser, said the charity wanted to say a ‘huge thank you’ to all the staff at the academy.
“This year we need to raise £7.8million to continue providing our services free of charge for people living with a terminal illness in Coventry and Warwickshire.
“Every penny raised really does make a big difference to our patients and their families.”
Patrick Taggart, the Romero Catholic Academy’s director of operations, said: “Myton is a local charity which provides an incredible service, and we are very conscious that its fund-raising has been significantly impacted by Covid.
“Many members of our school community have been impacted by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in some way, so we were really keen to support the charity.
“It was a very special morning, visiting the hospice with some of our pupils, supporting an amazing service and giving back to the community.”
He thanked partners and members of the school community who donated raffle prizes and helped make the donation possible.