Students are helping refugees

A class of children in Sheringham Woodfields School are celebrating after raising £1,246 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

After three months of fundraising, the students from Ash Class were excited to receive a huge cheque showing off the amount they have raised.

During an English lesson about current affairs, Shane, Eddie, Sam and Bertie were learning about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and decided that they would like to do something to help.

The boys watched news footage of Ukranian families fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries

“I felt bad that they don’t have anything and they’re losing all their things and their homes,” said Shane, aged 18. “I wanted to help them. I wanted to do something kind.”

Their class teacher, Nikki Thornton, suggested that they should brainstorm to come up with some fundraising ideas to see what they could do to help. They decided to make it into a whole school affair by organising a sponsored walk and a raffle.

Throughout April and May, students and staff walked, ran and cycled 1,493 miles – the distance from Sheringham to Kyiv.

Thanks to an incredible team effort, the school smashed its target.

The second part was a big raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

“I can’t believe we made that much!” said Shane. “We can help families in Ukraine now.”

Nikki said: “I’m really proud of the boys for thinking of others when learning about the situation in Ukraine.

“They did a fantastic job researching and planning inclusive fundraising ideas to involve the whole school.

“Raising over £1,240 is a remarkable achievement.”

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