Black Country school raises hundreds of pounds for Birmingham Children’s hospital

By Lucy Jones

A school in Rowley Regis has raised £719 for Birmingham Children’s hospital charity.

St Michaels CofE High School hosted a ‘Pounds for PJs’ fundraiser last Friday to raise money for the hospital’s emergency appeal.

Miles Fogarty

Kerry Whitehouse, School Engagement Development Manager said: “We have always done a lot for Birmingham Children’s hospital, so when they launched their emergency COVID-19 appeal, we had a virtual meeting to discuss ideas to help. All our charity initiatives are student led by our Student Voice so the students originally came up with a mufti day at home, which evolved into ‘Pounds for PJs’.

“It wasn’t about large donations, we wanted it to be something easy and cheap to do especially while everyone is working from home. It is more about the support and celebrating online that we were doing something.

Marlon Walters and Deamari Gray (Leicester City football players)

“We have had a lot of donations ranging from £2-£30, and not just for the school community but outside that as well. We even had the backing of two Leicester City football players who shared a photo on social media to support us.

“We know how much this support means to the fundraising team and hope that others might eb inspired to run something similar.”

Jessica Postings, 13, a pupil at St Michael’s said she really enjoyed planning the fundraiser: “I loved helping to plan and organise Pounds for PJs! It is great to have a way of giving something back to the NHS for all of their hard work, courage and determination over the past few weeks.”

The school had originally planned to host an Easter tombola, spring raffle and an end of term supermarket bag pack before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Over the past six years the school has raised over £36,000 for Birmingham’s Children Hospital.