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St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Altrincham


A PRIMARY school in Altrincham has raised over £1000 to help scientists get back on their feet after the fire at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute next door to The Christie Hospital.

Youngsters from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, in Altrincham, know all about the important cancer research taking place at the centre in south Manchester as they have heard talks by Dr James O’Connor whose children attend the school.

After hearing about the fire – which broke out on April 26 and saw more than 100 firefighters tackle the blaze – the children decided to put on a cake sale to help fund a special appeal page put up by Cancer Research UK.

Headteacher Anita Harrop said: “St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Altrincham is committed to helping those in need.”

“When the children heard about the fire at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute they were determined to do something to help. A cake sale was organised and the children helped to sell the cakes throughout the day. Everyone was so generous with their cakes and everyone gave generously to this very worthy cause. The children were also inspired to help because they had heard about the excellent work that goes on in cancer research in Manchester. The children have heard talks by Dr O’Connor and so they are aware of the important cancer research work goes on. We hope that our donation to the appeal will help to rebuild this vital resource.”

Dr O’Connor, who attended the bake sale, is from Hale and who grew up in Altrincham. He works in lung cancer research and is based at both the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and The Christie Hospital. His work looks at how imaging techniques can be used to improve treatment plans for lung cancer patients. Last year he won the Cancer Research UK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship award which supports clinicians working in areas spanning basic and translational research.

Dr O’Connor said: “It was an incredibly thoughtful thing for the pupils to do to help me and my colleagues after the fire. I’d like to thank everyone from St Vincent’s for their fundraising.”

Friday 17th March 2017

The pupils at St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School have been learning about the Fairtrade Foundation and the difference they make to farmers across the world. Throughout the last fortnight, junior pupils have been visiting the classes in the infants to share their learning and explain to younger children about the importance of supporting Fairtrade suppliers. This school-wide project has culminated in “Fairtrade Friday” where all 639 pupils, plus staff, together enjoyed a Fairtrade break time of bananas and juice. This was followed by an afternoon tea party where members of the local churches visited school to listen to the choirs and hear about the Fairtrade appeal. We liaised with the local Co-Operative store. They were kind enough to provide us with a range of tasty Fairtrade produce which was sampled and enjoyed by all.

It has been inspiring to see the children embrace the Fairtrade spirit and show real empathy for farmers who often work so hard for so little. One Year 6 pupil told tea party guests, “After learning about Fairtrade over the last few weeks I feel it is so important to buy Fairtrade products. We have nice things and live in nice surroundings; the farmers who provide us with so much should also be able to enjoy life and have the opportunities that we do.”

At St Vincent’s we believe supporting Fairtrade is vitally important; we aim to buy as many supplies as possible from ethical sources.