Pupils’ African inspiration

Lympstone Primary School pupils have done their bit for charity by holding a fundraising afternoon for Africa.

The idea for the event came about after a school project on Africa, when a Class One pupil revealed that her granddad Colin Martin worked for the Akimba Aid Fund, a charity that builds wells and schools for children in Kenya.

This inspired the Class One pupils – aged five or under – to come up with a range of money-making ideas, including a sponsored silence and a ‘shower of pennies’ with donated copper coins, and entertainment including singing, dancing, a short play, an ice lolly sale and an art show.

The event proved a big hit with parents and �306.06 was raised, which the children then presented to Colin.

He has now gone back out to Africa to manage new building projects, after which he will return to the school to show the pupils photographs of what their money has been spent on.

Class One teacher Nikki Clarke said: “It was a very successful event, and I was so inspired by this group of five-year-olds who reminded me that we can all make a difference in the world.”