South­wick pupils in the run­ning af­ter their mon­u­men­tal ef­fort


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­[email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @CCord­ner­jpi

They walked to the top of Pen­shaw Mon­u­ment – and now the chil­dren of South­wick Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School are jump­ing for joy af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for a Best of Wearside award.

The car­ing chil­dren may only be aged from three to five, but that didn’t stop them tack­ling the stren­u­ous walk up to the mon­u­ment and back down again.

And even though the fog de­scended on a cold win­ter’s day, they never gave up.

Their amaz­ing ef­forts meant £1,689 was raised for Grace House.

And their achieve­ments were even more im­pres­sive as they raised all that money with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner.

Now their ded­i­ca­tion has won them a nom­i­na­tion in this year’s Best of Wearside Awards in the Fundraiser of the Year cat­e­gory.

An­gela Wake, early years lead at the school, said: “We are over the moon to be nom­i­nated. It is such an amaz­ing achieve­ment for us.

“The chil­dren were all aged three to five and it was a mas­sive thing for them to do the walk.

“Some of them had never been there be­fore and it was a day out for them.

“We had two groups who did it, some on the morn­ing and some on the af­ter­noon.”

Seventy nurs­ery and re­cep­tion chil­dren did the walk and their ster­ling ef­forts have made them one of the first en­tries in this year’s Best of Wearside Awards.

We want plenty more and here are lots more de­tails on the 2019 awards.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion has back­ing from head­line spon­sor BGL Group, part­ner spon­sor Gen­too and cat­e­gory spon­sors Stage­coach and Cal­sonic Kan­sei.

We thank them all for get­ting on board and now comes your turn to get in­volved.

Send your name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber, as well as your email ad­dress, if ap­pli­ca­ble.

Re­mem­ber to in­clude the cat­e­gory you are putting your nom­i­nated cause into.

Also send the name of the per­son you wish to nom­i­nate, along with their ad­dress, tele­phone num­ber and email (if known).

Send all of that to Lynn Wild by no later than midFe­bru­ary.

You can nom­i­nate in any one of three ways.

Email those en­tries to lynn. [email protected]­me­

Send them to Lynn Wild, Alexan­der House, Sec­ond Floor, Rain­ton Bridge Busi­ness Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sun­der­land. DH4 5RA.

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Once we pass the com­pe­ti­tion dead­line, which is in midFe­bru­ary, the panel of judges will meet days later to draw up this year’s short­list of con­tenders.

Those who are still in the run­ning will learn their fate at the glit­ter­ing grand fi­nale on Thurs­day, March 28. Watch out for more de­tails on that com­ing soon.

Af­ter the event, we’ll bring you a colour sup­ple­ment with pho­to­graphs and in­ter­views from the night. But for now, the main thing is to get those en­tries in!

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