Children are top fundraisers

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A HUNDRED primary schoolchildren raised a staggering £2,500 for a South African orphanage with a sponsored sleepover.

The seven to 12-year-olds at Mayville High in Southsea spent a night at their school eating spaghetti for dinner and porridge the next day for breakfast – just like their African counterparts at the TLC charity’s orphanage, which the school has links with.

Daren King, deputy head of the junior school, said: ‘It was a fantastic effort and the money that has been raised will go a long way towards improving the lives of children in the orphanage.

‘Achieving such a sum is down to the fact that we chose one charity which has become relevant.

‘The children were really moved by the plight of those in the orphanage and they really wanted to help.’