Youth chaplains at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy have handed over a cheque for more than £800 to the YMCA.

The Year 7 chaplaincy team organised a Christmas Jumper Day at the end of last term and asked everyone who took part to make a donation.

A grand total of £802.68 was raised and handed to Gillian Sewell, chief executive at YMCA Derbyshire, and Kerrie Morris, fund-raising assistant at YMCA Derbyshire.

The youth chaplains came up with the idea for the Christmas Jumper Day and made a video asking head teacher Kevin Gritton to give his permission for it to go ahead.

Andy Clare, chaplain at Saint Benedict CVA, said he was proud of the youth chaplains’ efforts.

He said: “Staff and students took part and it was a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone for getting involved. It was a great effort by our youth chaplains and they are already planning their next fund-raiser.”

Gillian Sewell, chief executive at YMCA Derbyshire, said the charity was extremely grateful for the donation which would go towards its Safe Front Door campaign, which supports young and vulnerable people.

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