Whitley Bay school supporting global mission

Schoolchildren are backing a campaign to ensure people in vulnerable communities around the world receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 2:23 pm
Marine Park First School is raising funds for a Unicef campaign.

Marine Park First School is supporting Unicef’s once-in-a-generation ambition to test and distribute the vaccine to the world’s most vulnerable communities.

The Whitley Bay-based school is raising funds for Unicef’s worldwide effort to deliver two billion COVID-19 vaccines and 500 million tests and treatments.

As well as encouraging children and their families, staff and members of the Governing Body to donate if they are able to, the school would also like to ask the wider community if they can help.

The school has set an ambitious target of raising £1,234 – the equivalent of every child, member of staff and member of the Governing Body gifting a vaccine to some of the most high-risk people on the planet.

And so far, the school has passed the £1,100 mark.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “At Marine Park, we are proud to be able to support different charities through our fundraising and awareness-raising activities throughout the year.

“When we heard about Unicef’s ambitious initiative, we were very keen to be involved and help in any way we could.

“We’d very much welcome donations, however big or small, to help us meet our target.”

Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health North Tyneside, said: "I am delighted to personally support the fight against the global pandemic ensuring every country has an adequate supply of vaccine. Well done Marine Park what a fantastic effort!”

To donate to the school’s fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marine-park-first-school

To find out more about UNICEF’s mission, visit www.unicef.org.uk/donate/coronavirus/