Pupils are going yellow to help life-saving charity
Students at a Fenland school will be turning yellow on Thursday for a life-saving charity which has helped some of their own.
Year 8 pupils at the Neale-Wade Academy in March are busy organising a fundraiser in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which came to the rescue of one pupil who suffered a serious asthma attack recently.
Last year the charity-funded helicopter flew the aid of another student who suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car.
She was airlifted to hospital. Similarly the air ambulance also helped teacher Miss Kelly Wilshire after she was injured in a motorcycle accident a few years ago.
The Year 8 pupils are using the fundraiser for part of their school work too and explained in a letter to the Citizen, which also went out to parents: "We are writing to you as part of our English transactional writing assessment. We are going to organise a fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service (EAAA). We will be writing several letters, creating posters, a press release and a newsletter as part of the assessment."
They explain why they have decided to support the EAAA and give a brief outline of the costs of the keeping the air ambulance airborne 24/7.
Each mission costs around £3,000 which has to be paid for out of donations as the charity receives no government funding.
The students write: "To raise funds we are going to take part in the ‘Get up and go yellow Challenge’ and we would like everyone to wear a yellow item of clothing for a donation of £1 on Thursday (20)."
Students will be able to swap one piece of their school uniform on the day, for something yellow.
Year 8 will also be selling yellow cupcakes and biscuits and hope to organise a five-a-side
tournament at lunch time with yellow bibs.