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East Anglian Air Ambulance helped two students and a staff member now Neale-Wade students have said thank-you

Students at a Fenland school turned yellow recently for a life-saving charity which has helped some of their own.

Students raised £150 by going yellow for the day. (13021818)
Students raised £150 by going yellow for the day. (13021818)

Year 8 pupils at the Neale-Wade Academy in March organised and held 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 to 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 used the fundraiser for part of their school work 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 took part in the ‘Get up and go yellow Challenge' with everyone encouraged to wear a yellow item of clothing for a donation of £1.

Students swapped one piece of their school uniform on the day, for something yellow. Year 8 also sold yellow cupcakes and biscuits and organised a five-a-side tournament at lunch time with yellow bibs.

In total they raised £150.

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