PICTURES: Pupils go scarlet for Scarlett at fund-raiser

Youngsters at a school in Kirkham created a sea of scarlet in their playground to show support for a much-loved fellow pupil.

The Willows Catholic Primary School held a ‘Scarlet for Scarlett’ day to help raise funds for Scarlett McCracken last Friday.

Scarlet for Scarlett day as children from The Willows Catholic Primary School wear red to raise money for fellow pupil Scarlett McCracken.  Pictured are Lexie-Bo Smith and Helena Acton-Reid.

Scarlet for Scarlett day as children from The Willows Catholic Primary School wear red to raise money for fellow pupil Scarlett McCracken. Pictured are Lexie-Bo Smith and Helena Acton-Reid.

The 10-year-old needs eye-saving surgery in the USA and the family need to raise £14,000 to ensure they can afford to stay in the country for eight weeks while Scarlett receives treatment.

Scarlett’s headteacher, Sharon Barnett, said the day had been a great success and one that all the children have enjoyed.

Children took part in face painting, cake sales, nail polishing, raffles, made wristbands while all being dressed in scarlet to show support for the cause.

Mrs Barnett said: “It’s been a really enjoyable day, everyone at the school wants to everything they can to support Scarlett.

Already many of the children at the school have taken it into their own hands to raise money.

Theo Swan, five, decided to make homemade lemonade and bake cakes to sell as a fund-raiser.

He raised an impressive £795 towards Scarlett’s total with a stall outside his home

Theo served more than 100 people who visited the stall in just four hours on one day, including the McCracken family.

Scarlett’s mum, Kerry, said: “As a family we’ve been overwhelmed with all the support and generosity of our local community and surrounding areas and it was a fantastic day.

“We would like to thank everyone for their hard work, time and effort.”

Mrs Barnett has also been overwhelmed by the support the cause has received with schools as far away as Preston making contact to try help.

“I think the thing for me is the number of people and organisations who have been in touch to try help.

“People have been amazing, we had one man who is also visually impaired get the bus to the school to personally donate anonymously as he wanted Scarlett to get the opportunities that he’s never had.”

Last Friday, Scarlett also took a brief visit to Morrisons in Kirkham and received a cheque for more than £2,000.

When Scarlett arrived back with the cheque, a spontaneous round of applause erupted around the school hall without any member of staff initiating it.

She said: “When Scarlett returned to school with the cheque, all the kids were asking what it was, when they found out the whole hall started clapping.

“She is such a valued and popular member of the school community that they all take her situation to heart and love any positive news she gets.”

If you want to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/kvzi90