A village primary school that has only 45 children has raised more than £650 for two well-known charities.
Farthinghoe School in Main Road elected four pupils to choose the charities to support for the year and they selected Dogs for the Disabled and Help for Heroes. They presented a cheque for £335 to each charity at the school on Tuesday.
Carole Humphris, teacher, said: “The children particularly wanted to support disabled people who can’t get around very well and one has a relative in the Armed Forces. Another has seen how dogs can help people so they chose these two charities.”
The four met regularly with their teacher to help organise events at the school, which included collecting loose change, a non-school uniform Animal Day and weekly cake sales. Their charity concert in May raised £420, which involved past pupils, friends in the village and music teachers to come together in the village hall.
Mrs Humphris said: “A member of the audience was so impressed with the concert and the children’s fundraising that she asked her employer, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, to give an extra £210 for Dogs for the Disabled.”
This is the second time the school has held fundraising events throughout the year for charity. Last year it donated money to Shelterbox after organising events through the academic year.
It is hoped the school will select some more charity ambassadors when it starts its new term in September. To be chosen, pupils write a letter about why they should be a charity ambassador for the school.
Mrs Humphris said: “The year was absolutely fantastic. We all met together and discussed different ideas on what we could do to raise money and they all really enjoyed it. Even the past pupils got involved in raising the amount and the children received lots of help which was great.
“The various events really helped the children get involved in the community, which we all feel very strongly about.”