Chichester school, Westbourne House raises over £20,000 to support Children on the Edge’s Ukraine Appeal
When Russia invaded Ukraine this time last year, students at Westbourne House school in Chichester, wanted to support Ukrainian families who had been forced to flee their homes. The whole school community rallied, coming together to fundraise for Chichester based charity, Children on the Edge, raising more than £20,000 to support their work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania in 2022.
In assemblies and form time, pupils discussed the different ways they could help to make a positive difference. They created beautiful sunflower mixed media artworks, drew pictures and wrote letters to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine. They also set up a fundraising page, where people could support the school’s fundraising efforts, which they shared with the wider school community.
Children on the Edge Fundraising Officer Annie Whillians said: “We are incredibly grateful to Westbourne House for standing with us to support Ukrainian refugee families. The money that Westbourne House School has raised helped Children on the Edge to respond quickly as the crisis unfolded, supporting thousands of Ukrainian refugees as they fled their homes and crossed the borders into Moldova and Romania. We would like to express our gratitude to the Westbourne House School Community and everyone who supported their incredible fundraising efforts in 2022.”
Westbourne House School Head of Charities, Helen Barker, said: “The ethos of the school is very much about helping and we have been talking to our pupils about the ongoing war in the Ukraine to make sure we support them with their concerns and worries. Raising money like this really helps the children to feel that they can do something to help and we have been working with the Chichester-based charity, Children on the Edge, to fundraise as much as we can. This amazing charity regularly updates us on what they are doing and where the money is going, and we are so delighted to have raised over £20,000”
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