Your article: Pupils make great strides for Syria appeal

Pupils present a cheque to local Save the Children representative Janet Laverick.
Pupils present a cheque to local Save the Children representative Janet Laverick.

A sponsored walk by pupils from a primary school near Pocklington has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Children from Warter CE Primary School raised £2,345.95, half of which is going to Save the Children’s Syria Appeal. The Government will matchfund the donation to Save the Children, so the school will have raised £2,370.96 for the appeal.

The children, aged between four and 11, walked the first section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, a national trail which runs from Hull to Filey.

Headteacher Alison Metcalfe was delighted by the result.

“The pupils enjoyed the challenge of walking the rout,” she said. “It has been so successful, the school is planning to do the second section of the route next year.”

Miss Metcalfe hoped it would become an annual event and that, by year six, pupils will have completed each section of the 79-mile long route.

Malcolm Hodgson, who manages the Yorkshire Wolds Way National route, said: “It was fantastic to see all the children enjoying and hopefully being inspired by walking on the National Trail.

“There were plenty of inquisitive minds in evidence, as we strolled through the beautiful and historic farmed landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds.”

Local representative of Save the Children, Janet Laverick, was presented with a cheque for the Syria Appeal following a worship about the plight of children in Syria.

She said: “This has been a wonderful effort by the School Community and the pupils have shown their concern for and desire to help thousands of suffering children in Syria”.

The remainder of the funds will go to the Friends of Warter, a charity set up by school parents to buy equipment for the school.