Shropshire school raises more than £1,300 to help crisis in East Africa

Children at a Shropshire school have raised more than £1,300 to help millions of people facing starvation in East Africa.

The Old Hall School in Wellington called on families to respond quickly to an emergency appeal this week organising a non-uniform day in less than 24 hours.

Headmaster Mr Martin Stott said they were all moved by images and stories revealing the terrible suffering in East Africa amid dire warnings that up to 16 million people were in urgent need of food, water and medical aid.

The school asked pupils to make a donation from their pocket money and families to give what they could as part of the fund-raising for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) East Africa Crisis Appeal.

Money raised by the DEC appeal will help those affected in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the Government pledging to match public donations pound for pound, up to £5m.

Between the four countries, around 800,000 children aged between six months and five years need life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition, said the DEC.

“This was an urgent call to action and we wanted to respond as quickly as we could to help,” added Mr Stott.

“Money raised needs to get to this appeal now. We felt a non-uniform day was the quickest way to get something organised as soon as possible which involved all the school in raising vital funds.

“All the children wanted to help and we talked to them to explain the seriousness of the situation and we also encouraged our families to talk about it at home.

“I would like to thank everyone who generously supported these efforts and helped us to raise this money, by far the highest amount ever raised at a mufti-day at this school, and I hope that we may all be able to continue to support this appeal in other ways too.”