Pupils present cheque from Captain Tom 100 Challenge to charity

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Presentation of £1,200 raised for Hart and Parker Trust - Credit: Stormont School

Pupils completed the Captain Tom Challenge to help a charity which supports individuals in need and local non-profit organisations.

Youngsters from Stormont School took part in the challenge by completing a course involving burpees, running between poles, mini hurdles, sprints and more, raising £1,200 in the process.

They were inspired to complete the course in memory of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who caught the nation's attention after walking around his garden 100 times for his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS.

The challenge was launched following his death in February, and encourages people to raise money by taking part in 100 repetitions of different activities.

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The pupils had initially aimed to raise £500 - Credit: Stormont School

This week chair of governors Andrew Newland presented the funds to Roger Moore, chairman of The Hart and Parker Trust.

The trust helps families with food bank parcels, baby equipment, furniture and anything that helps the daily life of an individual or a family. It receives almost all its referrals from the children’s centres, health visitors, family support workers and the CAB.

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Stormont School head Louise Martin and deputy Alexis Sobell attended the presentation with representatives from each class from Reception to Year 6.

They said: "It is always a pleasure to support local charities and know that the amount raised will make a difference. Mr Moore explained how a local family, who had recently been affected by bereavement, had been supported by the trust. The family’s children had needed essential new clothing at a difficult time in their lives."

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Donation of £1,200 to Mr Roger Moore, Chairman of Hart and Parker Trust presented by Mr Andrew Newland, Chair of governors - Credit: Stormont School

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Year 6 House captains nominate local charities at the beginning of the academic year but The Hart and Parker Trust is one that Stormont supports annually, and in the past they have provided food parcels and sponsorships.

This week parents and children are being asked to donate books for babies through to teenagers in good condition for a separate charity, The Children’s Book Project.

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