Pupils need cash to be fit for trip

Some of the Year SIx pupils from Bexhill Primary School who are raising funds for a keep-fit education trip to China.

Some of the Year SIx pupils from Bexhill Primary School who are raising funds for a keep-fit education trip to China.

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SPORTY pupils are limbering up for a unique keep-fit trip to China.

A group of children from Bexhill Primary School will be making the trip to Harbin as part of Sunderland’s links with the city.

There they will exchange tips on keeping fit and battling obesity.

But the school is urgently in need of funding to help pay for the visit for up to 10 Year 6 pupils.

Lisa McGovan, international co-ordinator at the Bexhill Road school in Sunderland, said this will be a chance of a lifetime experience for the children.

The total cost of the trip to take 10 children will be about £14,000 and the school has already secured a grant of £5,000 from the British Council and has added £2,000 from the school budget.

But Lisa said they need to raise the rest through donations and sponsorship and she is hoping as many businesses and individuals as possible will come forward.

She said: “The more money we manage to get, then the more children we will be able to take.”

The trip will take place in April and the school managed to win the funding for the keep-fit work it plans to do while there.

Lisa said: “We have been looking at how children these days are becoming more sedentary, which is leading to obesity problems.

“So we will be teaching the Chinese children how to play cricket and they will be teaching our children how to do the morning exercises they do each day before school and how to play ping-pong.”

The project will also be educational for the children who will be doing a lot of written work about their trip as well as keeping a scrapbook.

They will also pass on what they have learned to the other children at their school when they return to Wearside.

Businesses or individuals wishing to make a donation can contact Lisa at the school on 553 6916.