BIG-HEARTED children at a Stourbridge primary school have boosted our Big Push campaign by a further £325.

Youngsters at St James’s Primary School in Wollaston raised the money – which will help to buy new wheelchairs for Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley - through carol singing before Christmas at Sainsbury’s Amblecote, plus a donation from a parent.

Pupils at The Kingsway school had already donated £148 after they raised money during an Enterprise Event in the autumn in which they made and sold products such as pen pots, bracelets, bookmarks and cakes.

A £600 donation from the owners of Dudley firm Balustrade UK also boosted the amount they were able to give – bringing the total amount they have donated to the campaign to £1,073 Headteacher Sally Sixsmith said: “We chose to support this appeal because as a school we feel it was a great way for us to contribute to our local community. We try to guide all the children at St James's in becoming good citizens and about seeing how we might be able to make the world a better place in any way we can.

"So many of the pupils chose give up their time to be part of these fundraising events and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the process. "

Every donation or fundraising event, large or small, will take us one step further to our £30,000 target which will buy 50 brand new wheelchairs at the borough’s main hospital – for use by elderly/frail patients and visitors.

We have so far raised an incredible £22,704 – leaving just over £7,000 to go.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can call into our offices at St John’s House, St John's Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1EH, and give cash or cheques - payable to Dudley Group NHS Charity/Wheelchairs.

People can also donate by texting NEWS66 and an amount of £2, £5 or £10 to 70070 or online via

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