Friday, 24 September 2021

Cakes galore for Children in Need

SCHOOLS and businesses in and around Henley raised hundreds of pounds for the Children in Need

SCHOOLS and businesses in and around Henley raised hundreds of pounds for the Children in Need appeal.

Pupils and staff took part in activities on Friday, the day of the 35th annual BBC telethon which raised a total of more than £37 million nationally.

At Sacred Heart Primary in Henley 25 year four children sold 280 cookies which they had decorated to the rest of the school and raised £110. Some of the biscuits were donated by Tesco in Henley.

Teacher Rosline Hoogenberg said: “It was a real delight and the children were so enthusiastic.

“The underlying message for the children was about the importance of thinking about others.

“Although ours was only a small contribution to the overall amount that was raised, it was important to show the children that a community came together to help others.”

In the run-up to the festive season the children will be making Christmas cards for the elderly.

Children at Stoke Row Primary School raised more than £300 with a Pudsey afternoon tea party and “spotty day” at the village hall attended by parents and villagers.

The school’s parent teacher association served cream teas with cakes donated by parents and provided a sweet stall for the children.

Foundation year and key stage one children were asked to decorate a plate around the theme of Pudsey and the upper school had to pen a Pudsey poem. The winning poems were read out by the children at a special recital.

Headteacher Charlotte Harris said she was delighted with the children’s enthusiasm and hard work and overwhelmed by the generosity of the guests.

The poetry competition winners were Oscar McRobbie, Ella James, Harry Pragnell, Amelia Way, Riley Salter and Elise Dosanjh.

The winners of the Pudsey decorated plates were Eddie Jones, Florence Jones, Jacob Johnson, Dominic Joyce, Lexi Kershaw and Lilia Taylor.

Pupils at Checkendon Primary School took part in a world record attempt while raising money for the appeal.

They were among more than 35,000 children from schools in 14 countries taking part in the “world’s largest simultaneous lesson in multiple locations” via a live webcast led by teachers David Andrews and Chris Williams.

The lesson included a number of problem-solving challenges followed by a short test.

The record attempt, which is due to be verified by officials at Guinness World Records, was supported by the Schools Advisory Service, which pledged to donate £1 to Children in Need for every pupil involved in the attempt.

Mr Williams said: “This was a great moment of pride for every school involved, including staff and pupils at Checkendon.

“It’s not every day that you attempt a world record and share a lesson with so many pupils from countries across the world.

“The schools have had to pull out all the stops to try to meet the strict criteria. Everyone involved can also be extremely proud of the fantastic sum raised for Children in Need.”

A cake sale at The Hub business centre in Station Road, Henley, raised £150.

Staff from Fidelity Group, one of 10 businesses based there, took cakes to work and sold them to staff working for the other firms.

Clare Bonar, an account manager at Fidelity Group, said: “We were really happy with the amount we raised. Everybody in the building took part and supported it, which was great.”

Staff at accountants James Cowper Kreston in Newtown Road, Henley, were allowed to take a teddy bear and a photograph of their home into work in return for a donation.

Manager Hannah McDonald said: “Once everyone had arrived we all guessed which bear came from which house amd there was a small prize for the winner.”

They raised £50.

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