School choir nets cash grant after great show

Stephen Taylor and David Fitzpatrick of Portishead Lions, with Catrin Battista and Jess Luce of St P

Stephen Taylor and David Fitzpatrick of Portishead Lions, with Catrin Battista and Jess Luce of St Peter’s Primary School and members of The Majors choir. - Credit: Archant

A Portishead primary school has been handed hundreds of pounds as a thank you for a fundraising concert it took part in last year.

Back in November, pupils at St Peter’s Primary School helped put on a show for Children in Need, featuring its choir, The Majors.

The production raised more than £1,800 for the charity and their efforts did not go unnoticed.

Portishead Lions decided it would provide some funds to the school, reciprocating the positive efforts.

On arriving at the school, representatives of the Lions were given an ‘enthusiastic and charming’ performance featuring three songs. All the school’s pupils took part, and The Majors led the way once more.

Lion President David Fitzpatrick then presented the choir’s director, Catrin Battista with a cheque for £250 as a thank you for the school’s support.

A Lions spokesman said: “He thanked the pupils for their splendid performance and said what a pleasure it was to work with young people who were prepared to give the time and effort to help those less fortunate.”

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Accepting the cheque Catrin Battista said that the primary school and pupils were delighted to work with Portishead Lions as to help others, in the local community and beyond, was very much part of the school’s core values.

The money will be put to good use by the school in the coming months.

Ms Battista said the £250 donation will help to pay for an art project, which all the school’s pupils will be able to participate with.

In the project, the children will create a permanent piece of art, which will communicate the message of the school’s central values to current and future pupils.

The Lions’ attention is now turning to its sponsored walk event on Sunday.

Pupils from Portishead primary, St Joseph’s, High Down junior and infants and Trinity schools will join St Peter’s for the Lions’ walk at the Lake Grounds. Two preschools will also take part and the Lions hopes it will beat last year’s £6,000 fundraising effort.

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