'Happy' pupils at Penketh reach worldwide audience

Warrington Guardian: 'Happy' pupils at Penketh reach worldwide audience 'Happy' pupils at Penketh reach worldwide audience

TEACHERS at Penketh High School have got a taste again for international fame as their latest music video reaches thousands online.

And they are hoping the rising numbers of people viewing their version of Pharrell Williams’ hit Happy will go towards raising vital money for St Rocco’s Hospice.

The school decided after the success of last year’s Gangnam Style video featuring outgoing head teacher Jeff Hughes, which was created for pupils finishing school before exams, they would try it again.

But this year they wanted to turn the popularity of the idea which gained more than 300,000 views, into a way to raise money for a good cause at the same time.

So they teamed up with St Rocco’s Hospice and have been urging people to donate £3 to the charity for every view.

And after its screening on Wednesday for final year pupils, who donned fancy dress for their last day at school, the campaign to reach £1,000 is well on its way to success.

A St Rocco’s Hospice spokesman said: “So far we’ve raised £611. We’ve had really good feedback and lots of support from the local community.

“Everyone has commented on the video and how much they’ve enjoyed it. We’ve had lots of coverage in the news and loads of shares and likes on our social media. The video has now had over 10,000 views on YouTube.

“We’ve also had a few celebrities tweeting including Britain’s Got Talent’s George Sampson.”

If you would like to see the video visit warringtonguardian.co.uk and to donate £3 text HAPP113 to 70070.

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