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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A PETER­BOR­OUGH hospice is bet­ter off thanks to the ded­i­cated ef­forts of pupils at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy.

A to­tal of 25 sixth form stu­dents at the academy raised £115 for the Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice by putting their spare change into a col­lec­tion box.

The pupils, who are all study­ing for ei­ther A-level or BTEC Health and So­cial Care, de­cided to col­lect money for the hospice as a thank you af­ter staff there helped them with their exam course­work.

Staff from the hospice have also held pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sion groups for the pupils through­out the aca­demic year.

Eric Akrill, cur­ricu­lum team leader for health and so­cial care at the academy, said: “I’m so pleased that our stu­dents came up with such an un­com­pli­cated yet very ef­fec­tive fund-rais­ing idea.

“The sen­ti­ment im­plicit within this ac­tiv­ity cer­tainly re­flects our stu­dents’ kind­ness, thought­ful­ness and gen­eros­ity of spirit.

“They are all such pos­i­tive sixth for­m­ers and I’m de­lighted that they have been pro-ac­tive in sup­port­ing Sue Ry­der. This or­gan­i­sa­tion is vi­tal to our lo­cal and wider com­mu­nity and its staff have also, in a va­ri­ety of ways, given much time to help our sixth for­m­ers with their exam course­work.”

Stu­dent Ta­nia Mor­ris (16) added: “Sue Ry­der is such an im­por­tant char­ity as it cre­ates a warm and car­ing environment in which peo­ple can spend their last days with dig­nity and re­spect.

“I know that my friends were more than happy to raise money for them.”

Adelle Auck­land (16) added: “It’s good to know that in our own small way we have helped them.”

FUNDS: Pic­tured from left, stu­dents Kara Bel­lamy (16), Tarni Mor­ris (16), Mag­gie Horne from Thorpe Hall Hospice, teacher Eric Akrill, and pupils Tamzin Bel­lamy (16), Adelle Auck­land (16) and Kristina Burns (16).

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