Making a splash for charity

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CLEAN water is pre-occupying the thoughts of pupils at a city school now the youngsters are involved with charity water projects.

Students at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School made a river of silver, carried water on a fundraising walk and are planning to send messages to the Prime Minister to help provide clean water for people around the world.

All 400 children from the school in Monkston Park have been involved in fundraising and campaigning as part of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development’s annual ‘Give it Up’ Lent Appeal.

Giving up a favourite treat and donating the money to CAFOD and getting involved with charity work is ensuring pupils understand the importance of helping others. Pupils took part in a silent Walk for Water, wearing blue and carrying buckets of water and water bottles up to six litres.

Headteacher Maxine Clewlow said: “The walk was very beautiful and effective with all the children joining in by not speaking, and the river of silver looked lovely.

“The whole campaign has worked really well and the children have really understood it and are showing great empathy, particularly as lots of our families are from Africa, so they feel like they are doing something for their own families.”