Bury St Edmunds school’s record-breaking £5,149 in one week for charity

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Pupils at a Bury St Edmunds school raised a record-breaking £5,149 in one week for charity through an array of quirky challenges.

House classes at Horringer Court Middle embarked on a circuit wearing onesies, word competitions, danced for an hour to cheesy songs and held a charity fair during a fund-raising week earlier this month. Money was also collected at a Bury Academy Trust concert.

Proceeds went to their chosen charities which included £1,732.89 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, £2,004.12 for the Rainbow Ward and £1,412 for Riverwalk School.

Head Tania Johnson said: “It’s phenomenal. We’ve never reached anywhere near that. It’s huge particularly given how the current economic situation is at the moment.”

The school handed over cheques to the charities during a celebration service at St Mary’s Church on Friday.

Mrs Johnson said: “It’s about being part of the community and helping others. It’s also about organising as they have to present ideas to their houses.”