Now I can see a rainbow! Pupils help out charity

St John the Baptist Primary School in Titchfield Common raise money for the Rainbow Centre.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141039-1) PPP-140304-152625003
St John the Baptist Primary School in Titchfield Common raise money for the Rainbow Centre.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141039-1) PPP-140304-152625003
Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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A SCHOOL was flooded in bright colours as it held a fundraiser for the threatened Rainbow Centre.

St John the Baptist Primary School in Abshot Road, Titchfield, encouraged the children to dress in rainbow colours to raise money for two charities.

The children then formed a giant rainbow to show off their clothes.

The school decided to hold the themed non-uniform day to raise money for the Rainbow Centre and the Lupus Charity.

Mandy Pearsons, who works in the school’s media and website section, said: ‘When we heard about the Rainbow Centre’s crisis we wanted to help.

‘We decided to have a rainbow day so the kids could come dressed in bright colours and we could raise some money.

‘As well as making a big rainbow from all the children, we also got them to look at the Rainbow Centre’s website so they could understand what they do.

‘Pupils who have siblings or cousins who use the centre have been telling their friends about how good the centre is and how it helps them,’ added Ms Pearsons.

‘It is important that they learn about it.’

The school chose the Lupus Charity as a parent is abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower for the same charity.

Headteacher Elaine Merriman said: ‘We like to support the national charity days like Children in Need but we do plan last-minute ones if there’s a disaster or crisis.

‘We supported the typhoon in the Philippines and the parents are always very supportive.’

The Rainbow Centre in Fareham cares for children with disorders, primarily cerebral palsy and motor skill problems.

Since launching its crisis appeal, the centre has received £101,257 and can now remain open for April and May.

It needs at least £150,000 to run until June or it may be forced to close.

Lara Bull, centre director, said: ‘We are now over £100,000 but we are still thinking about long-term sustainability.’