Shelter Box will help families in disaster zones thanks to Leverington pupils
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FAMILIES caught up in emergency disaster zones will be helped to rebuild their lives thanks to the hard work of young people at a Fenland school.
A Shelter Box containing a tent, cooking equipment, mattresses and blankets has been bought following fund raising by pupils at Leverington Primary Academy.
The emergency equipment will be distributed by a UK charity which has become established at the forefront of disaster relief.
The charity provides life-saving supplies for families around the world at a time when they need it the most.
Some people have lived in the shelters for two years while they wait for townships to be rebuilt.
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Leverington pupils will be able to track the story of what happens to their shelter thanks to a special numbering system which allows people to see where their help has gone.
Deputy headteacher Elaine Aldrich said the children had done a fantastic job raising the £590 needed to buy a box.
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In just one day they raised £522 through a non uniform event, cake stall and bric a brac.
The remaining £70 came through a second sale.
Mrs Aldrich said: “Children on the school council instigated the idea, what they achieved in a short space of time is superb.”
The money was presented to King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club who will co-ordinate the shelter box donation.
In the 12 years since ShelterBox was founded, the charity has responded to more than 200 natural or man-made disasters in almost 90 different countries and provided life-saving aid for well over one million people.