Dunston school raises £1,500 for St Barnabas with fun-day

27th July 2023

St Peter’s C of E Primary School recently celebrated the life of their beloved Mrs Popple, who provided wraparound care at the school until her sudden death last year.

The celebrations took place on 20th July, one year since Sharon Popple’s sadly died. They aimed to raise £500 for St Barnabas Hospice, a charity that meant a lot to Sharon and the whole school.

Memorial of sunflowers tied to fence with a photo of Sharon Popple, a staff member at St Peter's Dunston Primary School who passed away.

All staff members, children and their parents turned out to take part in the fun-day which included a tombola, bouncy castle, water activities, a flyover from the Red Arrows, and the children competing in Sharon’s favourite activity of all: Dunston’s Got Talent.

At the end of this extraordinary day the school had  smashed their £500 target, raising over £1,500 for their favourite charity, St Barnabas Hospice.

Two women, on the left Abigail Burland in red with blonde hair, on the right Emma Toulson in floral dress with brown hair,Emma Toulson, Deputy at St Peter’s School, said: “Mrs Popple was the beating heart of our school.

“Her infectious personality and wicked sense of humour made everyone feel like they truly mattered and she kept us laughing every day. She was a ‘mother’ to all and gave the best hugs.

“She loved sunflowers, so our children have made a sunflower memorial which takes pride of place inside the school. We remember her warmth and caring nature, and we miss her every day.

“We have supported St Barnabas for years by taking part in their annual festive funrun Rudy’s Run and the children have created a heart sculpture for the Young at HeART Trail which is currently on display at the Waterside in Lincoln.

Two children sitting roasting marshmallows in a firepit

“St Barnabas is such an important charity for the community and many staff members from our school’s overarching Spire Federation have received care and support from them. This day of activities is a way of giving back while remembering our incredible Mrs Popple.”

St Barnabas in an independent, local charity that supports over 12,000 patients, their families, and carers each year. Annually they need to raise over £6.5 million to keep providing their compassionate, dignified care to people with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

This free care is provided in people’s own homes, as well as in two Hospice buildings and six Wellbeing Centres around the county.Children wearing light blue T-shorts on blue stage

Every pound raised truly matters to St Barnabas, who give their sincere thanks to all children, parents, teachers and staff members for their generous support. St Peter’s School’s incredible donation of £1,500 could pay for 79 hours care of patients in their own home, which costs the charity £18.84 per hour.

To find out more about St Barnabas and the care services it provides to the people of Lincolnshire every day, visit:


Photo of two women: L-R Abigail Burland and Emma Toulson

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