Oxfam choice for junior school fundraisers

Mount Pleasant children at Oxfam - Adrienne Palmer (Head teacher) Mel Butler (manager) Richard Claxton
Mount Pleasant children at Oxfam - Adrienne Palmer (Head teacher) Mel Butler (manager) Richard Claxton

Two year five classes at Mount Pleasant Junior School, Market Weighton, have raised £160 to help the work of Oxfam.

A ‘bring-and-buy’ sale organised by the pupils raised an initial £50. This event inspired a group of five boys to buy prizes out of their own money and run a raffle in school, which generated a further £56. Then, another pupil, helped by her cousin, made floral bouquets to sell in the community. This raised another £54.

The bring-and-buy sale was the culmination of the year five pupils’ religious education work for the year, and they decided to raise the cash after discussions about giving to people who are less fortunate. Representatives of the two classes visited Pocklington’s Oxfam shop to hand over the cash and choose ‘Oxfam Unwrapped’ gifts for communities in the developing world.

The ‘Oxfam Unwrapped’ range allows us to buy gifts for the people of the world who most need help. Gifts include livestock, safe drinking water and education and training packages.

Religious education teacher for the classes, Richard Claxton, said: “We should all be very proud of the children for their efforts – they should be an inspiration to us all.

“When the children first started looking through the ‘Oxfam Unwrapped’ catalogues, I think they were inspired by how easy and inexpensive it is to improve lives and save lives. The current crisis in the horn of Africa demonstrates how vital this kind of work is.”

Headteacher, Adrienne Palmer, added: “The children never fail to amaze us with their ideas and wish to help others not so fortunate as ourselves. Mr Claxton had no idea that they would be so inspired by his introduction of this wonderful scheme by Oxfam.”

Mrs Palmer also handed over £235 on behalf of the school, for the Somalia appeal, which were the proceeds from a non-uniform day and a cake sale by year six pupils.