Laleham Gap students and staff get festive – and raise cash for those who are homeless

Name the bear at Laleham Gap's Christmas fair

Youngsters at Laleham Gap School have raised hundreds of pounds for a homelessness charity through a Christmas fair.

Year 8 students at the communication and interaction special school in Ramsgate chose to raise funds for Porchlight.

Every class contributed with chocolate fountains and human fruit machines figuring among the stalls. There was also be a Christmas tree competition. The winning class, 11HS, scooped a trip to a local restaurant! Keeping with the ethos of the school the trees have to be made of re-cycled materials.

Assistant headteacher Sue Scobie said the fair was ‘lovely’ adding:.“To see the pupils this week making things and then running the stalls in such a festive and organised way is just a testament to the children. “

More than £400 was raised for Porchlight.

Nathan Tough, the community and corporate fundraising officer for Porchlight said: “I was delighted to speak at Laleham Gap’s assembly. The children were really knowledgeable about the factors that contribute to and the consequences of homelessness.

“The fact that the children themselves came up with the idea, around Christmas, to fund the very practical work that we here at Porchlight, is great. It is lovely to see the pupils learning about these issues and taking measures to actually change things.”

Primary pupils had taken part in an ‘Enterprise Week’ meaning almost everything at their fair was child-made. With all the yummy things to eat and gift tags and cars proving popular over £650 was raised.

Head teacher Les Milton said: “What I love about everything we have on this Christmas is that celebration and enjoyment for the pupils is at the centre, but so too is something lasting and meaningful. Our school motto is ‘LGS –Learn, Grow, Succeed and the activities the children are doing really epitomise this.”

Primary pupils held the first of two carol concerts today (December 17) and are due to perform again tomorrow,

Their Christmas jumper fundraising will go to Save the Children charity.

There will also be a visit from Santa tomorrow with every pupil in the school, courtesy of a lot of hard work from staff and Heart The Giving Tree gifts donated at Bluewater, getting a gift.

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