Published Wednesday 5th November 2014

Mrs. Samantha Inglis, Head of Humanities at the school said, ‘We did this walk because the students at Aylestone have a real heart; they really care for their local community and want to get involved in supporting it. Almost all the children appreciate the importance and value of St Michael’s Hospice, and have learned this appreciation for the Hospice from their friends, families and also their teachers.’

The school recently won a ‘Quality Mark’ as a values-based school from the International Values-Based Education Trust. Mrs. Inglis continued, ‘We put a lot of significance on imbedding core values in the curriculum and organizing an event like this walk is a perfect way of encouraging good citizenship. I hope all the children will remember this day for a long time, and that it will always remind them of the value and importance of their community’.

Ailsa Thomson, aged 13 said ‘It’s been a fantastic day and I have been able to do something in memory of my grandfather Gerald Hughes, who died at St Michael’s Hospice.’ Fellow student Rebecca Rice said, ‘I think it is really good raising sponsorship, and it’s been a lot of fun, especially as we got to do it with so many friends.’

Paddy Nugent, Community Fundraising Manager said, ‘Seeing so many enthusiastic children taking part in this event is a reminder of the incredible support St Michael’s Hospice receives from the local community. We would like to say thank you to all the students and teachers who took part and all the friends and family who sponsored this wonderful event. Because of this support, the Hospice can provide all of its services free of charge to the local community.’