A Thornaby school’s afternoon fete has raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD.
St Patrick’s Catholic College held the event to finish off their Lenten fundraising on Friday March 31.
There were a number of activities for staff, pupils, parents and other visitors to enjoy, including a tombola, a pirate’s treasure map and name the teddy.
The fete was ran after the school day had finished and each form had their own stall to run.
Chaplaincy co-ordinator Alison Fisk praised the schoolchildren for their role in the fundraising. She said: “It was the students who wanted to do a spring fete and I thought to myself this isn’t going to happen!
“But the students stopped back on a warm Friday afternoon to run their own stalls and it was brilliant. We raised the money in just one hour and 20 minutes.
“The generosity of the parents was amazing and the event was really well supported, the hall was full until the very end!”
This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line, meaning many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.