Westlea Primary School flew the Union Jack whilst children and staff wore red, white and blue clothing to mark ten years of British involvement in Afghanistan as part of a campaign to honour the loyal service and enormous sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, their families and children.
Westlea was the one hundreth school in Britain to sign up for Ten for Ten – the only one in Swindon – to fundraise for Help for Heroes and the ABF the Soldiers Charity. On 10 October children held a cake sale, a raffle and sold Help for Heroes merchandise.
Year 3 organising teacher Alex O’Brian said, “there’s always enthusiastic support for fundraising at Westlea but everybody has been touched by Ten for Ten because so many children and staff have close military connections.”
Amelia McGinlay, 8, did particularly well by raising £70. Living above The Harvester pub she had a captive audience. “I sold football scratch cards and everybody wanted to help,” she said.
Headteacher Suzanne Seaton said, “we’re very proud of our links with the armed services and are always conscious of the special pastoral needs that present themselves at times when there is change and uncertainty in the lives of children and staff.”
Pictured: Military links, staff Suzanne Seaton, Alex O’Brien and Lesley Ponsonby with children Jack and Aaron Bradshaw, Amma Ambwene, Lani Dickinson, Amelia McGinley, Lyndsey Logan, Abbie Humphries