Children’s charity thanks Birmingham school for donation

St Edmund’s pupils Edrae Natividad, Takiyah Rose, Mercy Aiyeyi and Netania Reid present a cheque to Phil Pemble of Wooden Spoon and Pertemps People Development Group

St Edmund’s pupils Edrae Natividad, Takiyah Rose, Mercy Aiyeyi and Netania Reid present a cheque to Phil Pemble of Wooden Spoon and Pertemps People Development Group

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, visited a Birmingham primary school to thank pupils for their fundraising efforts.

The children raised £250 through a tombola and raffle, which will be put towards the next West Midlands project – a purpose-built pontoon in Alvechurch enabling youngsters in wheelchairs to fish safely.

Last year the charity funded and opened a new eco zone and memorial garden at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Springhill, Birmingham.

The projects came about after staff and pupils decided they wanted to create a lasting tribute to former pupil Christina Edkins who was tragically killed.

Phil Pemble, of Birmingham business Pertemps People Development Group and West Midlands regional chairman of Wooden Spoon, said: “The new outside space is a tremendous hit with the children who enjoyed the open-air classroom to great effect.

“As we gave to the school, so the children have given back to charity, by deciding to donate the proceeds from the school’s annual fair so that we can help put even more smiles on the faces of deprived children.”

The school approached Wooden Spoon for help in funding the project which incorporates vegetable beds, bug hotels, benches, a composter and memorial flower garden.

The facility is shared with its sister school St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.

Headteacher Mary O’Friel said she was proud the pupils’ actions would help less fortunate children.

“As our children have benefited from the help of Wooden Spoon through a greatly enhanced outdoor area they were keen to support other children in return, “she said.

“The children had fun organising and running an event and as a result they were delighted to donate all the profits back to the charity.”