School students raise vital funds for young people’s hospice care

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A personal story has moved students at a Mansfield school to support a charity helping other local youngsters—and gain an experience as emotional as it was educational.

Samworth Church Academy students raised £400 for the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough—which specialises in caring for young people with a shortened life expectancy and their families.

The money came from a series of events over the last few months, including raffles, cake sales and the school’s Christmas fair.

The idea was the suggestion of student Emily Czubkowski, who explained: “We had to choose a charity but thought it would make sense if it was personal to one of us.

“Before I was born my brother used Rainbows and my parents have told me about their experience, that’s why I suggested it. They just do so much to help people.”

Emily was one of five students who visited the hospice to deliver the cheque in person and receive a guided tour of the facilities.

Student Adam Smith was surprised by the atmosphere. “Rainbows was nothing like I imagined,” he said.

“The building was nothing like a hospital but more like a home.”

During the tour students were shown the costly specialised equipment necessary to provide the best care for families.

But student Ashleigh Clarke noticed the small details: “Every child is able to choose their own bedding when they stay here, that must feel so comforting.”

Student Sophie Russell noticed the emphasis on caring for everyone affected by an illness.

She explained: “It’s incredible that it’s not just about the ill children, the whole family is cared for during and after the child’s life.”