A HEXHAM school has raised money for a charity supporting a double heart transplant pupil.

St Mary's Catholic First School has raised over £400 for the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) after collectively walking 125 miles in Sele Park.

Eight-year-old pupil Lilly Armstrong is currently recovering at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, after undergoing her second heart transplant.

CHUF supports children and families receiving treatment at the Freeman and provides care for cardiac patients across the North-East.

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“To be able to raise so much money for the CHUF charity is really pleasing", said executive headteacher Paul Naughton. "We are delighted to see that everyone attended the charity walk and raised awareness for such a great cause. 

“Lilly has been amazing throughout and is making steady progress under the watchful eye of some of Britain's best heart doctors and nurses.

"It will be a long road to recovery but Lilly and her family have been simply outstanding.” 

Lilly was due to Zoom call classmates before the end of term and it is hoped she will rejoin friends at school in September.

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