Pyjama kids help African friends

Westfield pupils who raised funds for a link school in Africa
Westfield pupils who raised funds for a link school in Africa

PYJAMA-CLAD pupils turned up at school to raise funds for their link school in Africa.

Westfield School has forged links with Kings Kids School in Mityana, Uganda.

It started with a visitor who regularly comes into school, Rev Dave Bishop, minister of Sidley Baptist Church in Bexhill.

He introduced year four to the school in 2010 as a part of their topic on Uganda.

The children established contact with the school, exchanging letters and photos with youngsters in Uganda.

At the end of their production last year, the children were able to send money to Kings Kids School, which was used to buy essential supplies and resources such as paper, pens and text books.

The children’s enthusiasm for their new-found friends continued when they moved into year five and their previous teacher, Carol Bishop, set up an interact club, which meets every week to continue to raise the profile of Kings Kids School among the pupils at Westfield.

Using their own initiative, and overseen by their teacher, the children organised a fundraiser for Kings Kids School, which saw years five and six pupils wearing their pyjamas to school for a small donation, which will be sent to the link school in Uganda to buy essential resources.

Mrs Bishop said: “The day has been the brainchild of the children.

“They have planned and organised the entire event.

“We are excited by this our first venture and the children have many more ideas which we want to see come to fruition.”