Celebrity gifts help pupils raise hundreds
CHILDREN from Sevenoaks Primary School, with help from Wayne Rooney and David Cameron, raised £1,300 for charity.
Year 3 pupils at the school in Bradbourne Park Road have been striving to raise cash for Guide Dogs for the Blind and Barnados since October.
Celebrities including Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and PM David Cameron, as well as singers Will Young and Stacey Solomon contributed. Year 3 teacher Karl Newman said: "The children wrote to celebrities to get their help. "Manchester United were kind enough to send a pennant signed by Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Hernandez, Nani and others which is to be sold off by the end of the month and we currently have a bid for £350.
"The Prime Minister and George Osborne signed a bottle of wine which also raised £350. We had a signed original picture of the Selfish Crocodile, from the artist Mike Terry, as well as many autographs from other famous people such as Mark Cavendish, Tim Rice, Ronnie Wood, Sir Paul Smith, Will Young, Stacey Solomon, Len Goodman, Cheryl Baker and the BBC news team."
Class 3B focussed on raising funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mr Newman said: "Since October the children have been learning about helping others.
"My class have been visited in class by a guide dog and his partially-sighted owner as well as by Maggie Speirs who is a local puppy walker. We have learned about what it is like to be blind and the children have worked with a Braille machine."
As well as reaching out to celebrities, the pupils raised money by holding a Cool Colours Day where they wore their favourite coloured clothes to school.
This alone raised £400.
The children also ran a small stall at their summer fair where they set up a games area.
On July 17 the money-raising stint came to fruition and an assembly was held to hand two cheques of £650 to each to the chosen charities.