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School helps to save lives

PUBLISHED: 12:20 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 11 August 2010

Cheque for the air ambulance

Cheque for the air ambulance

PRIMARY school pupils have turned into little lifesavers by raising more than £3,000 for an essential emergency service. The children of St Margaret s Primary School in Broadway, Barking, pulled out all the stops for this year s Lent charity appeal, organ

PRIMARY school pupils have turned into little lifesavers by raising more than £3,000 for an essential emergency service.

The children of St Margaret's Primary School in Broadway, Barking, pulled out all the stops for this year's Lent charity appeal, organised by teacher William Sharp.

Chosen charity was the Essex Air Ambulance, and the youngsters did not let them down.

Events included a sponsored bounce on a bouncy castle, penny collections in specially made Lent boxes, and selling gifts made in class to family and friends.

The total amount of money raised was a whopping £3,434. The Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust pays £2,000 every time their helicopter answers a 999 call, and all cash has to come from charitable donations.

So the children's money is enough to pay for nearly two potentially life-saving call outs.

The cheque was presented to Nezda Blyth, Essex air ambulance community fundraiser, last Tuesday (June 10).

Karen Godltonton, head teacher's PA at St Margaret's, said: "It was all achieved through the hard work of the children. A big thank you should go out to all of them, and their teachers and parents."

Nezda Blyth, community fundraising coordinator, added: "I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and children at St Margaret's School. They have done fantastically well.

"By raising this amount of money they have saved one life and are well on their way to saving a second.


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