PUPILS at Queen Katherine School in Kendal have made a £316 donation to North West Blood Bikes Lancashire & Lakes (NWBB-LL).

The money was raised as part of a non-uniform day towards which children made a voluntary contribution.

Half of the final total went to the school itself, and the other half to the charity decided upon by the school council - a student body with representatives from each year group.

Past mufti days have raised money for a variety of different causes, including the ‘Toilet Twinning’ project which saw all of the loos in the lower school ‘twinned’ with latrines abroad.

Year 10 pupil Ellie Logan put forward the idea of donating to NWBB-LL. This is a voluntary, out -of-hours blood delivery service which relies entirely on donations to function.

Ellie is a family friend of Russell Curwen, who lost his life while riding a ‘blood bike’ for the organisation in Lancaster last year.

Shelly Neill, Key Stage 4 Student Support Mentor at Queen Katherine, said: “I think it’s amazing how involved the students get with the school community. They do an amazing job. They are so caring. They are so giving. They think of others.”

On the school’s donation, Mike Wilkinson, deputy manager at NWBB-LL (pictured on the right-hand bike), said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic news. We couldn’t do it without the hard work of the people who raise money. None of us are paid at all and this money is really important to keep our bikes on the road.”

He added: “It’s quite overwhelming what some people do to raise money and raise the profile of blood bikers, and as I say it really is fantastic and most welcome.”

Visit https://nwbb-lancs.org/ for more information.