By Tim Nuttall
Staff and pupils of Roos C E Primary School donned festive elf hats for a fundraising walk around the village.
The event on November 28 was organised as a means of raising money for both the school fund and Dove House Hospice, which supplied the headgear as part of its Elf Run fundraising initiative.
Promoted by the charity as a “fantastic way to celebrate Christmas while raising funds”, the Elf Run inspires participants to either walk or run a distance of their choice to help raise money.
About 115 children, accompanied by staff, parents/carers and even the school dog, Stella, enjoyed the fundraising walk which took the group on an almost two-mile circuit of the village.
As a treat for all those who took part, a selection of refreshments, including hot chocolates, juices and flapjacks, were waiting for them upon their return to school.
Thanks to the kindness of the local community through their generous donations, and the efforts of the village’s young people in completing the walk, a grand total of £233.14 was raised. This money will not only help the school, it will also help Dove House to support families who are accessing hospice care.
For almost 40 years, Dove House has been caring for people in Hull and East Yorkshire. Patients and families are at the heart of everything they do, whether it is caring for people at the end of their lives, providing therapies to help people with life-limiting illnesses improve their quality of life, or giving much-needed bereavement support to grieving families.
While fundraising takes place all year round, the festive season lends itself to a selection of high-profile initiatives including Christmas jumper days, hamper raffles and various themed runs, including elf and reindeer runs for primary pupils, and Santa runs for older students.
Last year saw the pupils of Roos take part in a successful reindeer run, with this year’s elf event becoming another fundraising triumph in a successful month that has also seen the school raise £147.33 for Children in Need.
This was achieved by pupils going to school dressed in spots or bright colours, entering decorated biscuits or buns into a competition and covering a giant image of Pudsey Bear in pennies.