Blacklands pupils and staff raise cash for Sierra Leone

Pupils at Blacklands

Pupils at Blacklands

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Children and staff at ARK Blacklands Primary Academy have raised hundreds of pounds to help Ebola victims in Hastings, Sierra Leone.

The academy held a fundraising day on Friday (December 5) and £620 was raised with money still coming in.

Activities included a book sale, a large coin message and James Bacon’s sponsored field run and crawl dressed in a woman’s costume. The day included a visit by Roger Mitchell, former headmaster of William Parker, and Richard Lane, who led an assembly on recent developments in Sierra Leone, as well as the situation with Blacklands’ partner school, REC Hastings. Both Roger and Richard handed out awards for the Sierra Leone poster competition.

Mr Bacon said: “The day was a huge success. I would like to express my gratitude to all staff, parents, children and PTA for their efforts and kind donations. It was a pleasure to see the children delight in being part of these fundraising efforts for our friends in Sierra Leone. We are incredibly proud of our links with REC Hastings and hope our contributions can help those less fortunate.”