School steps up to a grand challenge

Wingate Infant School pupils (left to right) Euan Pakes, Isabella Corr, Finlay Holcroft and Sophie Walker along with teaching assistants Julie Byatt (left) and Sonia Cook take part in the coffee morning

Wingate Infant School pupils (left to right) Euan Pakes, Isabella Corr, Finlay Holcroft and Sophie Walker along with teaching assistants Julie Byatt (left) and Sonia Cook take part in the coffee morning

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SCHOOLCHILDREN, staff and parents deserve a well-earned cuppa after reaching a milestone fundraising target for charity.

Wingate Infant School, in Church Street, Wingate, has smashed the Breakthrough Breast Cancer £1,000 Challenge.

It means that the school is now set to have its name placed on a special brick on one of a number of challenger walls at the charity’s research centre, in London.

And they could be invited to a special unveiling ceremony later this month.

The money was raised over the past seven years by holding coffee mornings and non-uniform days, led by the school’s family engagement team, which includes parents and support staff.

Now the magical milestone has been reached – and everyone involved is proud to be a part of the feat.

Headteacher Marie Binks said: “The support staff raise thousands of pounds for charity.

“It’s taken them a few years to do it, through coffee mornings and non-uniform days, but they have reached this amazing landmark.

“We are only a small school and this is absolutely marvellous.”

A spokeswoman for the school’s family engagement team said: “It’s taken us from 2006 to raise this money and it feels absolutely fabulous.

“We are thrilled, and it’s purely through the efforts of past and present parents at the school.”

A spokeswoman for Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “Thanks and congratulations go to our challengers at Wingate Infant School.

“Our challengers are a vital part of a historic effort to ensure a future where breast cancer will no longer be life-threatening.”