This is a report from the Southport Visiter about the celebration and presentation for ODD SHOE DAY last week. Troy Bennett and Chloe Rickers attended on behalf of our School Council.
A annual celebration for every Southport school council was held at Christ The King high school.
The event, held by Southport Learning Partnership, began at 6.30pm and lasted until around 8pm on Wednesday (July 5) - and around 150 people were in attendance.
During the event, Lucy Smith from the Queenscourt Hospice was presented with a check for over £6,000.
The money was raised in February this year when children across the town took part in a ‘odd shoe day’.
The pupils were required to pay £1 each to wear odd shoes to school for the day.
Two students representatives from each Southport school council, and their parents, attended the event.
Lucy Smith, community fundraiser at Queenscourt Hospice, said: "Odd Shoe Day was such a simple and fun idea and we’re delighted and very grateful to all the schools who got involved and helped to raise over £6,000.
"Every penny will help give comfort, reassurance and a better quality of life to local patients with life limiting illnesses. Thank you!"
The main purpose of the event was to praise the children from each school across Southport who have been working together in four groups on projects to help the community all year.
Each group created a presentation demonstrating what they had done. Some of the work involved working on tidying King’s Gardens and Botanic Gardens and spending time visiting the elderly in Southport.
Children who participated in the community projects are are aged between 5-18 years.
Lucy added: “It was such an inspiring evening listening to the wonderful ways children from schools in Southport have been working so hard to help their local community."
Steve Johnson, who works for Everton in the Community, was a guest speaker at the event.
He gave a speech to the children, and told them about his life, before presenting them with badges to mark their achievements.