Charity-minded pupils at an Ilkeston school have been raised funds for Help for Heroes with a colossal cake sale and balloon race.
Locals were invited to Granby Junior School on Heanor Road by teachers and pupils for a coffee and cake morning as part of an annual campaign set up by the Help For Heroes charity, which supports wounded soldiers and their families.
Teaching assistant Fay Stainsby, who has been at the school for three years, co-ordinated the event, which m raised more than £500 — a record for the school.
She said: “This is the third year we have done the sale, and it was more successful than the last.”
Last year the school managed to raise more than £300 from cakes and coffee alone.
“We wanted the children to really muck in, which is why they have their own sale outside and were encouraged to bring cakes in exchange for not wearing uniform. They have been so enthusiastic.
“It is such a great cause and we wanted the children to also realise how much of a sacrifice our soldiers have made.”
Teaching assistant Sarah Heath (pictured) also assisted with the balloon race, which saw 150 pupils pay £1 each for a balloon.
She said: “We even notified Air Traffic Control of our plans just to be sure the balloons didn’t hit anything.
“We’re asking anyone who finds one of our red balloons in their garden or spots it in the sky to let us know so we know how far they went.
“Perhaps we’ll even reward the winner.”
Granby Junior School takes part in the Help for Heroes Colossal Cake Sale each year.
The money raised by pupils, teachers and parents will go toward helping wounded soldiers reach and achieve their potential as well as supporing British families who have lost someone in conflicts around the globeAfghanistan.
Anyone who wishes to donate can contact the school on 0115 932 2424 or visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.