Cheadle pupils raise £57,000!

The magnificent donation will transform the future for a whole school in Malawi.

The pupils and staff at Painsley Catholic College in Staffordshire are celebrating an incredible year of fundraising, having raised enough to feed an entire school in Malawi with Mary’s Meals – for five years!

Painsley pledged to raise a total of £50k during the school’s 50th anniversary year and have smashed this target to the tune of £57,637.56 – creating a new record for the most money raised and donated to Mary’s Meals in one year. 

The final total signifies hard work and creativity right through the school, where pupils took the initiative to plan events such as a skate-a-thon, selling egg cosies and Crème Eggs, cooking a Chinese meal for friends and family, cupcake sales, car washes, and even a scuba dive.

Others chose to take on sponsored events like running or cycling, while some had less traditional ideas – including stock taking, selling cricket equipment, and donating monetary rewards for good exam results. The PE department arranged a 50 mile sponsored run and the Maths department climbed the same number of steps as it takes to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The generosity and enthusiasm of everyone at Painsley Catholic College has resulted in a donation that will cover the cost of a daily meal for each of the 936 pupils enrolled at Kafumphe Primary School in Dowa (central Malawi) for the next five years, through the Sponsor A School initiative.  

Stephen Bell, Principal at Painsley Catholic College, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I thank the staff, students, parents and the Painsley community for supporting this wonderful cause.”

The aim of Mary’s Meals is to address the immediate needs of the hungry child by giving them something to eat, and to enable that child to receive an education, which can offer an escape from poverty. Our global cost to feed a child for a whole school year is just £12.20. 

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals said: “By getting involved in our Sponsor A School initiative and providing meals for a whole school, Painsley is supporting our efforts to reach more children with a life-changing daily meal. The fundraising has been absolutely astonishing and we’re very much inspired by the generosity of the Painsley Catholic College community.”