Shields pupils raise £1,700 for Ebola victims

SPELL BOUND ... youngsters at St Gregory's RC Primary School.
SPELL BOUND ... youngsters at St Gregory's RC Primary School.
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KIND-hearted youngsters at a South Tyneside school joined forces with their church council to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

St Gregory’s RC Primary School, South Shields, and the pastoral council, along with members of the community, contributed to the fundraising effort which saw pupils take part in a sponsored spelling challenge.

The £1,700 raised will help charity Plan International, which is providing medical care to Ebola sufferers in the Republic of Guinea.

Head teacher Kenneth Smithson said: “Our Halloween fundraiser which usually raises funds for school projects was dedicated to the cause and, when we celebrated our Harvest Festival, we sent a mountain of foodstuffs to The Key Programme for the Homeless in South Shields.

“The feeling across the school was that, despite the additional demands and the fact that the appeal came hard on the heels of the Harvest Family Fast collection, the situation in West Africa was so terrible that there was not a minute to lose.”

The school has a long tradition of raising money for worthy causes.

Mr Smithson added: “This is just one more example of a school and community that really does try to live out the gospel message.

“With almost £7,000 raised in the past to support the communities devastated by the Tsunami, the Haitian Earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan and now the Ebola crisis, the children, families and friends of St Gregory’s can say that they have joined as one to help those less fortunate than themselves.”