Pupils raise funds to help the homeless

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MORE than £600 has been raise by a group of Scarborough school pupils in aid of emergency equipment.

Pupils and parents at Wheatcroft Primary School have raised £607 to support the Shelterbox Trust, a national Charity founded by Rotary Club, that provides tents and emergency equipment for people who have been left homeless by natural disasters.

Wheatcroft headteacher Jenny Hartley said: “Members of our local Rotary Club gave a presentation about Shelterbox to pupils and parents at a school assembly and erected a Shelterbox tent in the school garden.

“The children and their parents were very impressed by the scheme, and held collections at the school’s Harvest Festival and Christmas celebrations, and also collected by way of Smartie tubes. We are all very pleased to have raised enough money to buy a complete Shelterbox, which will provide shelter for up to 10 people.”

Accepting the cheque, Scarborough Rotary Club president Mike Goode said he was delighted by the donation, and by the generosity of the children and their parents.

He said; “It was very rewarding to see the children’s interest and enthusiasm for the scheme during our presentation.

“Every box has a unique number, and using the Internet, the children are able see where their box has been used, and will be able to link their donation to a very positive end result.”