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Kind-hearted kids donate pocked money for Phillippines

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 25, 2013

22/11/13 Phillipinnes fund-raising at Lansdowne Infants School - Goodman Street, Burton Kids at Lansdowne Infant School have been raising money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan by donating pocket money from doing jobs at home..L-R: Muhammed Sufyaan-Youni

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KIND-hearted children at a Burton school have been using their pocket money to help those in need.

Little ones at Lansdowne Infant School decided to do jobs at home and then donate their hard-earned payment to people suffering from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which battered the Philippines earlier this month, after they had seen the tragic pictures on the news.

They have been taking in slips saying what they have done, which will be put together in a book and sent out to aid agencies, along with the final amount.

Head teacher Jackie Holmes said: “They had all seen the pictures on the news, and they were really sad about the things that had happened. They really got behind it for such young children.

“We have been really impressed with the children’s sincerity.”

The idea to get involved came about after pupils visited the National Memorial Arboretum, at Alrewas, to learn more about Remembrance Sunday.

Discussions in assemblies turned to what could be done to help them think of others after that and in the run up to Christmas, and the children decided they wanted to do something to help.

Though it is not yet known how much has been raised, Mrs Holmes said the children had been told that every little would help.

“The parents are ever so generous, they give so much. Even if it’s only 20 pence, it will help,” she added.

More than 5,000 people were killed by Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated whole communities, and left thousands awaiting aid from overseas.

People living in outlying villages were left waiting for help for several weeks after the storm hit.

With winds of around 200 miles per hour, it is known to be the deadliest storm ever to hit that area.

The generous gesture from the children comes ahead of the school’s annual Christingle service, which will take place at St Chad’s Church, in Hunter Street, at 2pm, on Thursday, December 12.

Pupils of all faith groups who attend the school take part in the event, and family members are welcome to attend.

Communities have rallied to get behind the cause and help those affected by the storm, with many people organising fund-raising events.

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