Coventry pupils present £1,000 donation to charity that provides vital palliative and end of life care across the city

Children from a Coventry academy have presented more than £1,000 to a charity which provides vital palliative and end of life care to people across the city.

Pupils from the Romero Catholic Academy visited Coventry 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 staff 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 primary schools and one secondary school based across Coventry, 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 fundraising income compared to this time two years ago pre-pandemic.

Claire McDowell, Community Fundraiser for The Myton Hospices, said: “We would like to say a huge thank-you to all the staff at Romero Catholic Academy for raising an incredible £1,059 for Myton at their recent staff conference.

“This year we need to raise £7.8 million 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, Director of Operations at the Romero Catholic Academy, said: “Myton is a local charity which provides an incredible service, and we are very conscious that its fundraising 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.

“We would like to thank our partners and members of the school community who donated raffle prizes and helped make this donation possible.”

Picture: Children from St Gregory’s, St Patrick’s, Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School present the donation to Donna Callow and Claire McDowell, of Coventry Myton Hospice.

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