Pupils at a local infant school have managed to raise over £900 for a children’s charity after learning about their influential Victorian founder.
Boys and girls in the Year 1 class at Whiteheath Infant School in Ruislip have been learning about the life of Thomas Barnardo this spring term, a 19th century philanthropist who founded several homes to take in destitute children suffering from poverty, abuse and neglect.
Though initially intending to train to be a doctor when Barnardo saw the suffering of the child population of London, he founded his first home in 1867. These homes eventually grew and grew into a much larger organisation.
Today, Barnardo’s is the largest children’s charity in the country, running around 900 local services and campaigning for the welfare of kids across the UK. The pupils at Whiteheath found themselves inspired by the impact Thomas Barnardo has even today, through the charity’s shops, website and initiatives.
Deciding they wanted to do something to help children in the UK, the young students decided to raise money for Barnardo’s, organising a series of sponsored circuit exercise activities.
Together, they managed to raise an outstanding £927.22. The three schoolchildren who managed to raise the most got to go on a special trip to the Barnardo’s shop on Ruislip High Street to donate the money in person.
To donate to Barnardo’s yourself and support the welfare of children, visit www.barnardos.org.uk.