St Albans pupils' fundraising efforts for Haiti earthquake appeal
YOUNG school children decided to go the extra mile to raise as much money as possible for Haiti. More than 30 pupils from the Abbey Primary School in St Albans took time out of their half-term break to complete a four-mile sponsored trek in aid of interna
YOUNG school children decided to go the extra mile to raise as much money as possible for Haiti.
More than 30 pupils from the Abbey Primary School in St Albans took time out of their half-term break to complete a four-mile sponsored trek in aid of international disaster relief charity Shelterbox.
The children, some as young as three, walked, cycled or scooted their way up to the ruins of Francis Bacon's House on the Gorhambury Estate, all keen to raise important funds for those suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake which devastated the Caribbean island in January.
Shelterbox delivers boxes of aid to countries hit by natural disasters and conflict and each one supplies a family of 10 for up to six months with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced.
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So far, the children have raised more than �800 but the school is hoping that the total will climb even further in the coming weeks.
Abbey school headteacher Libby Grundy said: "I am really delighted with the way the children of the Abbey school have responded to the plight of the people of Haiti . So many children have shown initiative and imagination in finding ways to raise money."
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Harpenden headmaster Norman Hoare was literally covered with money after students organised a concert to raise cash for Haiti.
St George's head boy and head girl, Jack Wady and Bernadette Whittle, surprised Mr Hoare with a shower of money from a lunchtime concert with school bands and singers to supplement money which had already been raised to help Haiti.
Mr Hoare said about �1,000 had been sent by the school to help disaster and recovery team, the concert raising �583 alone.
He added: "I was hosting another event during that lunch hour on the other side of the school and couldn't be with them so Jack and Bernadette wanted to surprise me with their takings.
"I was certainly caught in a shower and delighted for the benefit the money will bring for the people of Haiti.