by Tim Nuttall
The pupils of Roos CE Primary School donned an assortment of jungle-themed masks for a fundraising walk around the village.
About 112 children, accompanied by 18 staff and 60 parents/carers, took part in the walk which was inspired by the Dove House Hospice Jungle Jog fundraising initiative – a sponsored activity aimed at encouraging nursery and primary school children to “walk, run or pounce” to raise money.
Set up by the hospice to help promote health and well-being, along with raising awareness and proceeds for care, the Jungle Jog forms part of the hospice’s annual fundraising programme. It joins similar festive events, such as elf, reindeer and Santa runs, as some of its more popular fundraising activities.
Thanks to the kindness of the Roos community, and the efforts of the village’s young people in completing the walk, more than £1,100 has so far been raised. This money will be split between the school fund and Dove House, where it will be used to help support families who are accessing hospice care.
Head teacher Aimee Christian said: “I would like thank all parents, carers, relatives and locals who kindly sponsored the children.”
Dan Clipson, senior fundraiser at Dove House, said: “Our Jungle Jog is a great way for children to be engaged with the hospice and learn more about who we are and how we help in the community. Schools enjoy the flexibility of setting the date, distance and location of their Jungle Jog and it is hoped that, collectively, schools across the region will help to raise £30,000 towards our patients’ care.”
Dove House has been caring for people in Hull and East Yorkshire for almost 40 years. During this time, patients and their families have remained at the heart of everything it does – whether it be 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.