Hairy legs and big hearts at St Mary’s in Blackpool

St Mary’s Catholic College, Blackpool hosted a week of fundraising events for CAFOD’s Pakistan appeal. From hairy legs to big hearts, this is what they did……

The week kicked off with fairground games in the yard. Students were queuing up to bounce ping-pong balls into jam jars to win prizes. There was a guess how many beads in the jar game which perplexed many. Mrs Higgins’ special lollipop lucky dip and Rachel’s homemade ‘Put your Heart into it’ cards proved to be very popular with staff and students alike.

On Monday lunchtime Chaplaincy team leader Mr Stewart realised one of his football dreams as he took his place between the posts as goalkeeper for the penalty shootout competition. Students lined up to score but found Mr Stewart in the form of his life saving shot after shot, reminiscent of David Seaman’s penalty heroics for England in Euro 96.


The most eagerly anticipated event of the week was the staff leg wax. Nine brave members of staff and a 6th former assembled in the hall on Tuesday lunchtime awaiting their fate.

More than 50 students packed around the ‘table of torture’ to watch the action.

The painful sound of the rip of hair being removed from legs were quickly followed by cries of anguish from volunteers and great cheers from the crowd. This was a real get your own back style event for the students!

Throughout the week staff were snapping up raffle tickets for the big draw on Friday. More than 300 were sold and the prizes were quickly snapped up, including a huge bottle of Whiskey and homemade iced fruit cake.


Staff and students were royally entertained by the soon-to-be famous musical duo of Charlie Cartmell and David Angel from Year 11. They performed a superb acoustic set in the chapel. The biggest crowd pleasers were covers of Bon Jovi’s smash hit Livin’ on a Prayer and Dire Straits’ Sultans of swing.

An army of ACTIVATE volunteers swarmed around the school grounds on Thursday to collect students’ spare change for Pakistan. Wearing red sashes, members of St Mary’s faith and justice group asked students to ditch their favourite snack in favour of donating to the floods appeal.


The final day of the term rounded off the ‘Put your Heart into it’ week perfectly as the entire school wore one item of red clothing each.

St Mary’s was a sea of red with lots creativity shown by staff and students. There were red scarves, dresses, ties, roses, jeans, rosettes and lots of football shirts!

The 6th form had their own unique twist on the theme which saw each student wearing their pyjamas. The boys favoured striped pants while the girls preferred dressing gowns and polka dot bottoms.

The money has been pouring in all week and the school hope to raise more than £1,000 to help the people of Pakistan rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the devastating floods.

A special thank you to all the students, the ACTIVATE group, the staff and chaplains at the school for their hard work alll week.  They really put their hearts into it!

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