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Young Eleanor helps charity event to bloom

Pupils with headteacher Edy O'Connor, Daffy the Daffodil,  Jessica Campbell (fundraiser), Helen Finlayson (mum of Eleanor) Eleanor Finlayson, 11, organiser

Pupils with headteacher Edy O'Connor, Daffy the Daffodil, Jessica Campbell (fundraiser), Helen Finlayson (mum of Eleanor) Eleanor Finlayson, 11, organiser

 

A primary school opened its doors to the community for a charity coffee morning organised by an enthusiastic 11-year-old.

Swinford Primary School held the event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and raised an impressive f £878.14.

And it was all the more impressive as the day was organised by Year 6 pupil, Eleanor Finlayson in memory of her grandmother, who was helped by Marie Curie at the end of her life.

She said: “I wanted to help Marie Curie, because they helped my gran when she was terminally ill.

“I wanted to do something so other families were able to get the support my family did.”

Many people supported the event including parents, former pupils and teachers and neighbours. The school has also been taking part in Marie Curie’s Mini Pots of Care initiative.

Children at the school each planted a daffodil bulb in a mini pot during the autumn term, cared for their plants over the winter and are now enjoying their daffodils in full bloom.

The children celebrated their achievement by decorating their pots, making wacky daffodil hats and holding the coffee morning.

The children also created a daffodil wall of care to remember loved ones.

All the money raised is going towards the charity’s care services locally.

Marie Curie provides free nursing care to people with a terminal illness, either in their own home or in one of the charity’s nine hospices.

Eleanor’s mum Helen said: “Without Marie Curie coming out in the final week we would have found it so much harder to cope.”

 

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