A NON-UNIFORM day was requested by Stratford School pupils to raise money to support those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
Among them, pupils raised around £3,000 for the Ukraine Disaster Emergency Fund – with a minimum donation of £1.
Inspired by their efforts, a parent contacted the school and agreed to match fund up to £2,000 – increasing the total to £5,000.
S Loosmore was one of the year 10 students that were the driving force behind the sponsorship and said: “I am so pleased to see how many people went above and beyond and gave more than our usual one pound.”
Principal Neil Wallace said: “I was delighted to be approached by a group of students wanting to provide humanitarian assistance in the current climate.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning and we have circulated resources for form tutors to use this week as many students have had questions or sought reassurance.
“It has been a really successful day raising approximately £5,000 for the emergency appeal by the Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) to support the humanitarian response in Ukraine.
“The DEC is made up of 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response. DEC charities and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
“It is times like this that highlight the importance of the outstanding work done by many non-governmental organisations around the world.”
Visit www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal to make donations to the emergency fund.