19 April 2024

Pupils’ Santa run is welcome boost for Dove House Hospice

By Rebecca Hannant

Year 7 students at Holderness Academy have participated in a Santa run to raise money for Dove House Hospice.

Donning Santa hats and Christmas jumpers, the students ran the entirety of the school field alongside their teachers. A bun sale was also held during the morning break.

In total 120 students took part in the event on December 9, which raised more than £500 for the charity.

Four students who took part were Ethan, Cole, Lexi, and Callum, who all shared their thoughts of the run.

Ethan said: “We found it amazing.”

Cole added: “It was good,” while Lexi said: “It was definitely tiring.”

Callum said: “It was one of the coldest walks I have ever done in my entire life, and the hats were also very itchy.”

The students also shared their thoughts about the cause. Callum said: “I think it is good that they provide things like physiotherapy and housing if they can’t afford it. Donating money makes me feel good about myself.”

Lexi added: “It makes you feel like we are supporting a community, and the work that they do is very inspirational because they are looking after people who haven’t got long left to live, and they are trying to help them with their dreams before that time comes. It is amazing what they do.”

Ethan said: “It is going to a great cause; I like how they let people bring in their animals to see them and let them see their loved ones.”

Cole added that he would do it again.

Julia Lovel, senior lead at Holderness Academy, said: “We are overwhelmed by the efforts of our year seven. This is a very worthy cause that has, and continues to, support so many families in our community. We are immensely proud of the kindness and respect shown by our students.”

Holderness Academy is now looking to make the Santa run an annual event and plans to get the whole school involved.