Pupils think outside the box

Students from Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay have raised �596 from their Christmas concert to buy a Rotary International Shelter Box with Whitley Bay Rotary Club.  Pictured are Chairman Alan Storey with Lulu Bell-Gardner and Cameron Fraser.
Students from Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay have raised �596 from their Christmas concert to buy a Rotary International Shelter Box with Whitley Bay Rotary Club. Pictured are Chairman Alan Storey with Lulu Bell-Gardner and Cameron Fraser.
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YOUNGSTERS have helped raise money to help save the lives of victims of natural disasters.

Year 5 students at Valley Gardens Middle School, in Whitley Bay have raised £596 – the cost of a Rotary International shelter box.

The youngsters raised the cash – handed over to the Rotary Club of Whitley Bay – by singing carols to a variety of audiences in and around the school over the festive period.

Their fundraising efforts were organised by music teacher Julie MacNaughton and colleague Vicky Scurfield.

Shelter boxes contain all that is necessary to support ten people for up to six months – a tent, blankets, ground sheets, water storage containers, purification kits, spades, hammers, axes, saws, tools, a multi-fuel cooking stove, pots, pans, mugs, cooking utensils, children’s books and crayons.

The boxes are sent to disaster areas, such as those in Haiti and Pakistan hit by earthquakes and flooding last year.

Julie said: “It is wonderful that the children can see what their hard work has achieved.

“We are now going to follow our box to see where it goes.”

Rotary Club president Alan Storey said: “Our special thanks must go to Year five and the staff who made this particular purchase.”