Charity-minded pupils at a local junior school have been given a huge pat on the back by teachers for their fundraising efforts in aid of an orphanage in Kenya.
The 200 pupils at Albany Junior School on Pasture Road in Stapleford have raised more than £700 since February. They have taken part in non-uniform days, collected loose change, played in football tournaments and baked delicious treats in an Easter bake-off.
The idea came year three teacher, Lauren Richards, who visited St Trizah Orphanage School in Nakuru in Kenya last year to help improve conditions for the 475 pupils who come from the slums of Nakuru.
The funds will also be split with Derby County Community Trust, which works with children and young adults in Derby, Derbyshire and the outskirts of Nottinghamshire.
The teacher, who has only been at the school since January, said: “We began fundraising in February and I never dreamt that I would receive this much support from staff, pupils and their parents.
“It has been overwhelming how generous people have been, both with their time and their money.”
She added: “The children have been really taking an interest in how the children’s lives in Nakuru are so different to their own and have been so keen to help out.”
Lauren will visit the orphanage, which was set up in 2007, again later this month where she will continue her work in helping to rebuild the community.
“The children there are so loving, they love to hold your hand and get a hug from volunteers,” she said.
“They just need to know that someone cares.”
Pupils of year four, Eddy Draperand Kai Crowther, said they had really enjoyed helping the orphanage and learning about the children in Nakuru.
They added: “We really enjoyed the Easter activities the most and hope we have raised enough money to help the charities.”
Children have also helped to pack up hygiene packs for the children which consisted of a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, nail brush and a flannel, in preparation for Lauren to take to Kenya when she visits later this month.
Head teacher at Albany Junior School, Sam Eyre, said she was delighted to have been invited to take part in such a worthy cause.
“We have a strong history of involvement and fundraising and we are passionate about supporting St Trizah.”
She added: “The children are keen to continue to raise funds which will provide much-needed resources for the school and will help where we can”
Lauren will re-visit the orphanage on May 26 as part of her charity work.
Those interested in contributing to the funds to be donated to the orphanage and Derby County Community Trust can contact Albany Junior School on 0115 9179212.