WHEN Bethany Davis heard her dad wouldn’t make it home for Christmas because he was helping with the relief effort in the Philippines, she was eager to do something about it.
The nine-year-old decided to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, as her dad Allan is on the island while serving on board HMS Illustrious.
The aircraft carrier had been due to arrive home before Christmas but was diverted to help in the aftermath of the typhoon.
Children at Bethany’s school – Alverstoke Juniors in Gosport – dressed in bright colours for the day as part of a road safety campaign to raise awareness about being seen in the dark.
All children paid £1, with all the money going to help those affected by the typhoon, which killed thousands of people and left many more homeless.
Bethany, who is in year five, said: ‘I have heard about the typhoon. It’s quite upsetting for the mums and dads who lost their children.
‘They have lost everything so I thought if we could get some money we could give it to the charity.
‘It’s quite upsetting for me because I was looking forward to my dad coming home.
‘I’m a proper daddy’s girl so I got a bit upset. It’s very hard for my dad as well. We are both upset about what’s happened there and that he won’t be able to come home for Christmas.’
Richard Baker-Jones is the chairman of governors at Alverstoke Juniors.
He added that he’s pleased the children are supporting such a worthy cause.
‘It’s developed from the children,’ he said.
‘It’s an excellent idea. We do try to keep them aware of what’s happening in other countries.’
Meanwhile, members of the Junior Road Safety Officers group said they felt it was important to raise awareness about staying safe and wearing bright clothes.
Year five pupil Flo Breeze, said: ‘It’s good because it’s raising awareness of the darker mornings and nights that are coming up and the conditions of the weather outside.’
Lilyanne Bowen, nine, added: ‘If you were crossing a road in the dark and cars couldn’t see you, you might get run over and get badly hurt.’