School hosts slumber party for pupils as a way to raise money

WIDE AWAKE School pupils spent the night at their school to raise cash for charity. Back row, from left, Amelia Fath-Elbab, 11, Izzy Whitmore, 11, Scarlett O'Shea, 11, with from row, from left, Jessica Terry, 10, Daisy Henderson, 10, Tabitha John, 11, Rose Lloyd, 11, and Lucy Sale, 11, during the sleepover. Picture: Sarah Standing (14768-5236)
WIDE AWAKE School pupils spent the night at their school to raise cash for charity. Back row, from left, Amelia Fath-Elbab, 11, Izzy Whitmore, 11, Scarlett O'Shea, 11, with from row, from left, Jessica Terry, 10, Daisy Henderson, 10, Tabitha John, 11, Rose Lloyd, 11, and Lucy Sale, 11, during the sleepover. Picture: Sarah Standing (14768-5236)
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MORE than 100 pupils brought their sleeping bags, pyjamas and favourite teddies to school for a sleepover.

Mayville High School invited pupils in Year 2 up to Year 6 to have fun at a slumber party.

LOTS OF FUN From left, Faith Cox, six, Joshua Verheist, seven, and Jianna Mbata, seven, play games. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (14768-5252)

LOTS OF FUN From left, Faith Cox, six, Joshua Verheist, seven, and Jianna Mbata, seven, play games. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (14768-5252)

The 113 children stayed overnight at the school, in St Simon’s Street, Southsea, and enjoyed dinner and breakfast with their friends.

Organised by the deputy headteacher, Jenny Lewis, the sleepover raised money for Water Aid.

She said: ‘The school council came up with the sleepover idea a couple of years ago and it has always been a huge success.

‘The children got dropped off by their parents and then they had dinner at the school before taking part in games and a disco.

‘Then they settled down with their friends.

‘We then woke them all up on Saturday and we had breakfast together.’

And the students had a great time.

Daisy Henderson, aged 10, said it was a really fun way to raise money for 
charity.

‘We were all looking forward to the sleepover and it is a good way to raise money,’ said the Year 6 
pupil.

‘Having dinner with my friends was fun.’

For 11-year-old Tabitha John, it was her first time taking part.

She said: ‘All my friends were at the sleepover and we haven’t stopped talking about it.

‘The disco was fun.’

The charity they were raising money for, Water Aid, is an international organisation which works to improve access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation around the world.