School children dress in pink to raise funds for 'Team Anna'

Hundreds of children in Lancashire dressed in pink on Valentine's Day to raise funds for CLIC Sargent in support of Anna, a toddler receiving treatment for cancer.

Brother William with pupils from Sharneyford Primary School

Valentines' Day fundraiser raises £3,300

Valentine’s Day saw 11 nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Rossendale Valley wearing pink and red to raise money for CLIC Sargent. 

The event was organised by 'Team Anna' who are raising funds in aid of three year old Anna who was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2013.

A massive £3,300 has been raised by staff and pupils who were asked to wear something pink or red and make a donation to CLIC Sargent. Many of the schools also sold the charity’s pin badges for a donation. 

All of the schools embraced the pink theme, holding cake sales with pink icing, selling pink roses, making pink artwork and eating pink and red food.

Bryony Walker, a member of 'Team Anna', said: “Seeing all of the children wearing pink and red for Anna was incredibly humbling, it is truly amazing how communities can pull together in times of difficulty”. 

All of Anna’s siblings took part in the event as well, their mum was understandably proud to see all four of her children raising money for the charity that is helping them during Anna’s treatment.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Vicki Moore said:

"It's great to see all these local schools pulling together and supporting Anna and CLIC Sargent in such a fun way!"

'Team Anna' raises over £8,000!

Team Anna have now raised over £8,000 since Anna was diagnosed with leukaemia. The fundraising events have included an open day at Anna’s nursery, a 5k charity run by family and friends, cake stalls and raffles. 

The next event being organised by 'Team Anna' is a Mother’s Day Market on Sunday 23rd March at Pioneer Gym, Bacup, where people will be able to buy a variety of gifts to spoil their Mother’s with. 

Future events also include a team entry into the Rossendale Triathlon, a Zumbathon and a ladies night.

To show your support for 'Team Anna', please make a donation to the team's official JustGiving page.

Find out more

To find out how you and your family can help raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Vicki Moore on 0113 288 3224 or email: