PUPILS at West Walton Primary School have taken on a fundraising challenge to raise money for a condition affecting one of their classmates.
Bethany Lee (11) suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF), a hereditary condition affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food.
Bethany spends a lot of time in hospital and has to take a wide array of medication on a day-to-day basis to stay alive.
Bethany’s mum, Linda Little, went to the school recently to speak to her daughter’s classmates about CF and give them an idea of what Bethany has to deal with every day.
She said: “I took in the medication Bethany takes on a day when she’s quite healthy – two hospital bags full. The children’s jaws just dropped.
“The treatment is never-ending, from the minute we wake up to when we go to bed.”
The class wanted to do something to raise money for the CF Trust and signed up to the “£600 in 6 Weeks Challenge”. The challenge is part of a major fundraising drive by the Trust to raise £6 million by the end of October for the next stage of a gene therapy trial.
Linda said: “If this trial works, it could give me my little girl back.”
Pupils have already raised £300 in the first week and came up with all the fundraising ideas themselves.
Jill Davis is headteacher at West Walton Primary. She said: “As a school we do a lot of fundraising and like to focus on one cause. We decided this year to dedicate our fundraising activities to CF. Through Bethany we’ve found out a lot more about it and the work of the Trust.”
Anyone who wants to help with the fundraising can donate through the Citizen office at 11 Union Street, Wisbech.