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Lichfield students read their way to a £1,600 boost for charity

Students in Lichfield have been getting their noses in some good books to raise more than £1,600 for charity.

A Maple Hayes student taking part in the read-a-thon

A Maple Hayes student taking part in the read-a-thon

Forty-three pupils completed a total of 176 hours as part of a read-a-thon in aid of Cardiomyopathy UK.

It’s one of a number of events being planned after year 10 student Jack Fawdrey decided he wanted to to do something in memory of his 19-year-old cousin, who died suddenly last summer from the inherited disease that affects the heart muscle.

Alison Fawdrey, an English teacher at Maple Hayes School, said: “Jack asked his fellow students in year 10 to help him raise funds for the charity and all the fundraising activities have been organised and led by them.

“Reading can be very challenging for dyslexic students, although we still encourage reading for pleasure, so the read-a-thon was the ideal challenge for our students,” she said.

“We were very proud of the fantastic effort that the students made and hope to raise even more money this term.”

Other activities planned include a non-uniform day, a bake sale, talent show and raffle.

Headteacher Dr Daryl Brown said: “Fundraising is an important feature at the school and I’m very pleased to see how the students have supported Jack and his fellow year 10s’ efforts to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.”

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