Lower school pupils and teachers at Alton School raised just over £510 for the Maddy’s Mark Charity with a Lent Fundraising Afternoon.

Maddy’s Mark was established to remember Maddy Lawrence, who died aged 20 in 2022 from sepsis developed from a rugby injury. She went to Alton School and her parents live in Petersfield.

The charity raises funds in Maddy’s name to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in young women through rugby.

The event featured a diverse array of activities including face painting, glitter tattoos, sweet stalls, name the stuffed toy, penalty kicks, obstacle courses, air hockey and table football.

The afternoon was a resounding success, with enthusiastic participation from pupils and teachers. Among those attending the fundraising event were Maddy’s parents.

The money raised for the Maddy's Mark Charity was presented to Maddy Lawrence’s mother.

She said: “It was so wonderful to see the excellent ideas the children had come up with and seeing them throw themselves wholeheartedly into this fantastic fundraising event.

“We were thrilled when they presented us with over £510. What an incredible result. This money will be put towards providing free sessions to primary school children to introduce them into the game of rugby.

“We firmly believe that sport can be hugely beneficial both physically and mentally to children’s wellbeing and our aim is to help as many children and young people as we can through Maddy’s Mark.”

To find out more about the work done by the Maddy’s Mark Charity, visit its website at www.maddysmark.com