African drums, busking and sponge throwing sessions were just some of the activities that took place at Spinkhill’s Mount St Mary’s College to raise funds for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.


Classes were temporarily suspended for the day, as part of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day, so that all pupils could take part in the fundraising activities.  These included a community fair with stalls, a pantomime, art sessions and baking, as well as a sponsored ‘head shaving’.  Even teachers got in on the act by volunteering to sit in the stocks while pupils paid to throw sponges at them.


The figure raised so far has reached £750 – but it continues to rise.  Money raised will be donated to the Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, which provides specialist palliative care and support for local people and their families, as well as St Wilfrid’s Centre in Sheffield, which helps people who are vulnerable and homeless.


Fr Simon Ellis, chaplain at Mount St Mary’s College, said, “This day gave us an opportunity to celebrate our faith and to fundraise for the local community and this is the first time we have worked with Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield; we hope the day raises awareness of the vital work of our hospices.”


Laura Taylor-Bassett, Community Fundraiser at the Ashgate Hospice, said, “ It’s been an amazing day.  We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and loved coming to the school.  Interacting with the students was great and throwing sponges at Fr Simon Ellis was a highlight for me!  The students were very polite and the staff and students made us feel very welcome.  Thank you to everyone who took part and supported Ashgate Hospice.”

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Pictured are left to right, Lynn Jones of Ashgate Hospice, Fr Simon Ellis, School Chaplain and Laura Taylor-Bassett, Community Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospice.