Petersfield pupils raise hundreds for worthy charities

Cllr Suzy Horton

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JUNIOR school pupils from Petersfield have raised more than a thousand pounds for two worthy charities.

Youngsters at Ditcham Park School have been working hard to support charities.

A group of 500 pupils who took part in last month’s Moonlit Meander in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for the hospice made £1,300.

The children have also started fundraising for the Samata Shiksha Niketan School, where one of their teachers Rachel Hewett volunteered for a month, with a cake sale that made £148.

Later this year Ditcham Park will be holding a non-uniform day to raise money towards funding a science lab at the deprived school.

Headteacher Andrew Rowley said: ‘I am extremely impressed with the children’s efforts and even more so by Mrs Hewett’s dedication and enthusiasm for two extremely worthy causes.

‘Her efforts have made the children aware that there are many others, both in this country and abroad, who are a lot less fortunate than themselves.’

Cash raised will go to The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook for people with terminal illnesses and to a school for four to 16-year-olds in Kathmandu.