Shaking buckets

FUNDRAISERS Holding the buckets are, from left, Vicky Sharples, seven, Etienne Middleton, seven, Grace Bronkhorst, five, Lois Rodel, six, Alexander Tyrrell, five.   Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113700-1)
FUNDRAISERS Holding the buckets are, from left, Vicky Sharples, seven, Etienne Middleton, seven, Grace Bronkhorst, five, Lois Rodel, six, Alexander Tyrrell, five. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113700-1)
Fellow student Bethany Toon, 17, with Bruce Wetherill, 25, at St Vincent College, Gosport  Picture: Neil Marshall (171028-16)

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ENTERPRISING pupils who will be taking part in the Great South Run to raise £6,000 for a new bike shed were out bucket shaking yesterday afternoon.

The youngsters from St Jude’s Primary in Old Portsmouth are determined to raise enough funds to replace their current facility which is small and worn out.

At the end of this month at least a dozen of them will be taking part in the major running event with a team of six teachers and parents.

Parent Liz Sharples, who was out bucket shaking, said: ‘We have all trained really hard! We are looking forward to the race and at the same time we want to help raise cash for the school.’

St Jude’s is determined to rebuild its bike ramp as it currently fits just 20 bikes when about 120 nine to 11-year-olds cycle in to school.

Oliver Brotherton, key stage two manager, who is in charge of the fundraiser, said: ‘Our bike shed is a concrete monstrosity that has been around for at least 40 years – we need a new one.

‘We want to encourage more pupils to cycle in and at the same time we have to reduce the number of cars not just for the environment, but also to help reduce the risk of accidents.’

Anyone who wants to sponsor the school team should call (023) 9282 4061 or meet the children outside the school gates at 3.15pm today and tomorrow when they will have their buckets out again.