Youngsters take part in annual worm charming championships

CHARMING: Pat Coulier and Evie coax the worms
CHARMING: Pat Coulier and Evie coax the worms
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Pupils and parents turned on the charm at the annual worm charming championship at Alston Lane Catholic Primary School.

The 36 teams of youngsters at the Longridge school managed to charm 347 of the little wrigglers from the school field – and raise more than £600 for charity.

We had a really good day for the worm championship with a barbecue and lots taking part,

But the charm offensive, organised by the PTFA committee, had to cope with extra-dry ground after recent drier weather, and it was a cloudy overcast day as the teams started their 20 minutes of frantic searches to tempt the worms from their holes.

The hard work resulted in the winner – with a magnificent 37 worms and first prize of £50 – being team Dwyer, with teams The Gornall Gang and the Worminators close behind.

The £600-plus total is for the school to purchase a defibrillator through the Adam Appeal charity, founded in memory of Adam Swanwick. He was a 28-year-old who died following a heart attack, and the appeal was set up to prevent other families from going through the awful tragedy of losing someone to a heart attack.

“We had a really good day for the worm championship with a barbecue and lots taking part,” said a school spokesperson.

“So to raise money towards such a cause made it even more successful. The PTFA committee thank all who attended and all who gave prizes and donations on the day.”

She added: “The Adam Appeal people came to school to talk to us about the defibrillators. When we have ours, it will also be there for the church and local community to use plus the Scouts, Cubs and Guides units.”