Mercy students Hop for Hospice

By Esther Hayden

Pupils and teachers present the cheque to Margaret McDonnel for Wexford Hospice Homecare.
Pupils and teachers present the cheque to Margaret McDonnel for Wexford Hospice Homecare.

Staff, pupils and parents gathered together in a very sunny Mercy School last week to hand over a cheque to a very worthy cause.

Recently an afternoon of remembrance and celebration was merged with the Annual Bewley's coffee morning to create the Mercy school's inaugural 'Hop for the Hospice', with all monies raised going directly to Wexford Hospice Homecare.

The afternoon began with a prayer in honour of loved ones who are ill and for the Wexford Hospice Homecare Team who work tirelessly for the people of Wexford. Second class pupil Lily Moran released a balloon in remembrance of all who are currently, or who have been sick, whilst pupils from 4th and 6th class sang the song 'Clouds, written by teenager Zach Sobiech about his battle with cancer.

A candlelit remembrance walk around the school walking track also took place followed by music and dancing on the Astroturf provided by the school's resident entertainer.

Pupils from 2nd-6th class provided cakes for the occasion which were enjoyed by all, whilst parents arrived in their droves to partake in the afternoon's events, to indulge in coffee and cake and to donate to such a worthy cause .

The magnificent sum of €1689.25 was raised on the day and was presented with pride to Wexford Hospice Homecare last Tuesday.

The staff of the Mercy school extended thanks to the organising committee, to the parents council members and volunteers who manned the tea, coffee and cake stations, to Lisa for her artwork and to Seamus for once again bringing a school event to life with music.

The biggest thanks of all went to the parents and pupils of the school for being so supportive of the cause and for ensuring that the inaugural Mercy 'Hop for the Hospice' day was such a wonderful success and a great fundraiser.

Wexford People