Fundraising pupils learn write way to create their own newspaper

Russell Lower School, Ampthill, fundraiser for Victa
Russell Lower School, Ampthill, fundraiser for Victa

Creative pupils at an Ampthill school held a special day to fundraise for a charity which helps children with sight problems.

Almost 300 pupils aged 4 to 9 at Russell Lower School held a blind and inspire to write day, dressing up in the rainbow colours of Victa, which sends blind and visually impaired children on sporting activities and weekends.

Russell Lower School newspaper

Russell Lower School newspaper

It was the idea of school mum Christine Davies, whose daughter Milly is in year 4 at Russell, and who is raising funds for Victa at the London Marathon.

Christine, 44, is a journalist who interviews top TV stars and she approached head teacher, Nicki Walker, about creating a school paper, helping inspire them to realise that writing can be fun.

Another mum, Tracey Bottoms, helped to run some fun activities for the younger pupils, educating them about what it feels like when you are blind, from playing football blindfolded to doing cake decorating in Braille.

Mrs Walker said: “It was such an amazing day and experience for all of us. Not only did the younger ones learn a lot about what it feels like to be blind but the older children absolutely loved creating their own school newspaper.

“Christine gave up her day to come into the school and help the children with the paper and also talk to them about her own job and all the amazing people she has interviewed over the years including Ant and Dec, Mary Berry and the Strictly judges.

“We all got so much out of the experience and hopefully the children will have been inspired. Writing can be fun!”

All the pupils were asked for a donation of £1 so more than £300 was raised towards her marathon fundraiser.

Christine added: “All the parents were so supportive and I am very touched that so many people donated to what is such a worthwhile cause. I absolutely loved going to help inspire the children at Russell and the memory of seeing their excited faces will live with me for a long time to come.

“I am now getting really excited about running this year’s London Marathon. I took part in 2014 and I loved it so much, I vowed to run it one more time!

“Sadly I got injured last year and I had to pull out three days beforehand.

“But I am back now to conquer those injury demons and I am a much stronger person for it. My big dream is to finish again, which means I will be able to give a medal each to my two children, Milly and Harry. That has been my goal all along and I can’t believe I am so close now to fulfilling the dream. It’s going to be such a fantastic achievement.”

If you would like to donate to Victa, please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/christinesmith