A WALL Heath school showed it has a ‘heart of gold’ with a special fundraising day centred around one of its pupils.

Holly Blossom Hutchings, aged 5, is in remission from kidney cancer and her school, Church of the Ascension Primary, is supporting four different charities in her name.

Their first event, on September 28 - a bake sale and ‘Glow Gold’ non-uniform day in which all children dressed in gold, the colour of the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon - raised just over £1,000.

Funds raised will be split between Birmingham Children’s Hospital - where Holly was treated - plus Molly Olly’s Wishes, the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust and Supershoes.

Holly’s mum Sarah Hutchings paid tribute to the school for all its support during her daughter’s illness.

Sarah said: “They were an amazing support to us last year when Holly was starting in reception while still receiving weekly chemotherapy.

“When you have a child who is ill, it is really hard to put a care plan in place and you have to put so much trust in the school.

“Not only for them to be able to cope with the medical care needs of the child but also the emotional challenges for myself and my husband.

“You worry about letting them go to school, how her friends would react to seeing her with no hair.

“You need to feel 100 per cent confident and that wouldn’t be the case with every school.

“They have been amazing, really supportive and they have gone over and above what I would have expected.”

Children at the school were also given ‘awareness postcards’, provided by the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, which spell out the main signs and symptoms of childhood cancer.

Sarah added: “Raising money is fantastic but the biggest thing for me, the most powerful thing, was the awareness it raised.

“We had a really hard time getting Holly diagnosed. It took forever. Had we seen one of those cards somewhere it might have made a difference and got her diagnosed sooner.”

Holly - who was just three when she was diagnosed - finished her treatment last November and is approaching a year in remission.

Church of the Ascension deputy head Chris Bradley said: “We were delighted to support the charities that helped Holly and her family through such a difficult time.

“Our school counsellor is working really hard to promote the work that these charities do.”