Portsmouth students go the extra mile for a good cause

Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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YEAR 11 pupils have been going the extra mile to raise money for charity.

As part of their B-Tech work skills class, students at Miltoncross School, Milton Road, Portsmouth have been spending their break and lunch times asking for donations.

COLLECTION From left, Miltoncross School pupils Jake Cooper (15), Yollanda Stemp (15) and Brooke Allen (16) with Steve Bailey, from charity Naomi House. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133116-4)

COLLECTION From left, Miltoncross School pupils Jake Cooper (15), Yollanda Stemp (15) and Brooke Allen (16) with Steve Bailey, from charity Naomi House. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133116-4)

Their efforts have included putting together a penny mile with the coins they received.

Along with collecting the money themselves, the group had to pick a charity in which to donate and decided on Naomi House.

The Winchester-based charity provides essential care and support to life-limited and life-threatened children, young adults and their families from across central southern England.

Miltoncross School student, Brooke Allen, 16, said: ‘We wanted to create a penny mile with the money we’ve been collecting.

‘But we realised that would be about 84,000 coins so we decided to just collect as much as possible.

‘I think we have around £250.’

Yollanda Stemp, 15, added: ‘We did a lot of research and the one that seemed the most beneficial was Naomi House.

‘They are also local to us so we decided to pick them.’

The students laid the money out in circles to show just how much they were able to collect.

Terri Issac, a teacher, said: ‘I am very proud of how well they managed to do.’