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Crackley Hall’s Students Skip For Sister Mary Aloysius College In Nigeria

13 Feb

On Thursday 13 February Crackley Hall’s pupils took it in turn to hop, skip or jump in a charity skipathon, an annual fund-raising event organised by Crackley’s Mini Vinnies.

Mini Vinnies’ Co-ordinator, Mrs Dolores Simmonds explains, “This year the children are again skipping to support the Sister Mary Aloysius College of Mercy in Nigeria.  It is a school funded completely by donations named in thanks after one of the Sisters of Mercy.  Our school also has links with the Sisters of Mercy as Sister Philomena, who is now in charge of the Sisters of Mercy order, was once Headmistress here at Crackley Hall when the school was a convent.  This year is Sister Philomena's final year as Mother Superior so we wanted to make an extra special effort.”

The children at Crackley Hall pledged to raise as much money as possible for the charity and have been collecting sponsors over the last few weeks.  In the skipathon the children took it in turns, one House at a time, to skip, hop or jump for one minute each.  Supervised by Mrs Simmonds and Mrs Bhogal, wave after wave of eager skippers jumped across the hall.

The underlying purpose of the Mini Vinnies, the junior arm of the St Vincent de Paul organisation, is to make a difference to underprivileged people’s lives. As always, Crackley Hall’s bouncing beans have done just exactly that. The money raised will be donated to the College of Mercy to help with an urgent repair to the roof, which will enable more children in Nigeria to benefit from an education.

Well done to all the skippers who took part and a big thank you to those who have generously donated to the skipathon. Pledges so far total over £2,000 but we'll keep you updated as to the final amount raised once it rolls in. Please can any outstanding sponsorship money be brought into school straight after half term.