Flipping good time to give thanks for fundraising

FRYING FUN Sophie Harrison, five, during her race.   Picture: Sarah Standing (110826-8150)
FRYING FUN Sophie Harrison, five, during her race. Picture: Sarah Standing (110826-8150)
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MORE than 300 youngsters took part in their school’s annual tradition of marking pancake day.

All of the children at Redlands Primary School in Fareham joined in the fun in the sun, organised by the school’s PTA, The Friends of Redlands.

The event has become a regular fixture in the school’s calendar and is arranged by the Friends as a big thank you to the children for taking part in fundraising throughout the year.

Using rubber mats instead of real pancakes, the children took turns racing to compete for the golden pancake trophy – a frying pan which will stay in pride of place in the winners’ classroom for the year.

Joy Smith, chairwoman of the Friends, said: ‘We don’t use real pancakes because this way we can recycle them, and it’s a lot less messy.

‘This is the celebration we put on each year as a thank you for the amount the children help raise, because without them taking part, we wouldn’t raise anything.

‘We’ve already raised about £2,000 since the start of this school year. Some of that goes towards school trips or other projects.

‘We funded the Little Monsters project with the Ashcroft Arts Centre recently, and that was a huge success.’

The Friends are already arranging other events which will raise money towards a wildlife garden and new playground equipment.