Hereford & Worcester

Hanley Castle High School pupils replace stolen poppy cash

Pupils have raised "more than 10 times" the amount of money stolen from a poppy collection box at their Worcestershire school last month.

Thieves broke into Hanley Castle High School on Armistice Day and damaged property as well as taking money donated by students and staff.

Pupils were so incensed they carried out various fundraising activities to replace the missing cash.

They have since raised over £770 for the Royal British Legion.

'Beyond belief'

Head teacher Lindsey Cooke said: "We're up to £772 so far but there's a little more to come.

"We think it's more than 10 times so we're really proud of the efforts the students have made to put what happened right."

David Carter from the Hanley Castle, Welland and Castlemorton branch of the Royal British Legion said he was delighted with the collection.

He said: "It's surpassed all our expectations.

"You cannot appreciate the effort they must have put in. The schemes that they've run to get this money is just beyond belief.

"I hope they can take inspiration for the rest of their lives from their efforts over this period. It's been wonderful."

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