Caring kids don wellies and onesies to help orphanage

ALL TOGETHER: Barnes Junior School pupils stepped out to raise money for an orphanage.

ALL TOGETHER: Barnes Junior School pupils stepped out to raise money for an orphanage.

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PUPILS and staff at a Wearside school pulled up their boots for less fortunate children.

Classes from Barnes Junior School took part in a Wellies and Onesies day and went along to Barnes Park for a sponsored walk.

The wellie and onesie walk.

The wellie and onesie walk.

And, the pupils from the school, in Mount Road, managed to raise more than £375 which will be donated to the Makaphutu Orphanage in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

The children and teachers were joined by parents for their morning walk through the park.

Louise Brown, an ex-pupil at Barnes Junior School, is currently undertaking a ten-week volunteering placement at Makaphutu Orphanage.

Kelly Brenkley, school business manager, at the primary, said Louise had kept in touch with the school.

The wellie and onesie walk.

The wellie and onesie walk.

She added: “After relaying stories of how little the children have by way of school supplies, it was decided that Barnes Junior School would donate all monies raised to this special cause.

“We know the money will be well used by the orphange.”

Hilary Cooper, headteacher at Barnes Juniors, said: “It is so good to be able to have fun and raise money for Makaphutu, a charity where we know the money will really make a difference.

“We will be able to hear more about it when Louise returns.”

Mrs Brenkley said everyone had a really good time on the walk and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

She said: “The children loved it. They kept their wellies and onesies on all day.”

Makaphutu Children’s Village aims to provide a loving home and somewhere safe for vulnerable and orphaned children.

It currently houses 45 children ranging in age from one to 19-years-old and also serves as a community outreach hub into an area that has been devastated by the Aids pandemic.