Caring pupils raise £10,000 for Haiti fund

St Aelreds' head girl Helen Lyne has spearheaded a schoolwide fundraising campaign and has managed to raise �10,000 for CAFOD's Haiti Appeal.Pictured with Helen are CAFOD appeal member JamesTyrrell, centre, and headteacher Ted Marr
St Aelreds' head girl Helen Lyne has spearheaded a schoolwide fundraising campaign and has managed to raise �10,000 for CAFOD's Haiti Appeal.Pictured with Helen are CAFOD appeal member JamesTyrrell, centre, and headteacher Ted Marr
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A ST Helens high school has raised a stunning £10,000 for an aid agency in the year since the devastating Haiti earthquake.

Golden-hearted St Aelred’s Technology College head girl Helen Lyne handed over the cheque to the Catholic aid agency CAFOD at a special assembly last Wednesday (January 12).

Poignantly, the date marked both the first anniversary of the Haiti quake and the annual Feast of St Aelred.

Pupils at the Newton-le-Willows school, led by Helen, held a number of successful fund-raising events throughout the year in aid of the Haiti appeal.

These included a Haiti raffle, in which Helen obtained all the prizes from local businesses, a sponsored run, sponsored leg waxing event and a Christmas theme day.

Deputy headteacher Maureen Ludden said: “This fund-raising drive has involved a great deal of effort, on the part of Helen in particular, with the full support of the rest of the pupils and staff. It just goes to show the positive side of young people in contrast to the negative press they often receive.”

Pupils at St Aelred’s will also be hoping to dance their way into the record books today (Wednesday, January 19) when more than 400 youngsters take to the sports hall as part of a national world record attempt for simultaneous dancing.

The attempt coincided with the 555-day countdown to London 2012.