The head of a charity has thanked students at a school in Cookham for their hard work to help less privileged pupils thousands of miles away.

By Luke Matthews

Holy Trinity Primary School handed over £545 to the director of Partners for Change Ethiopia, Pete Jones, when he visited the school on Wednesday.

Collections for the charity were taken at nativity and choir performances over the Christmas period and pupils paid 1p to send festive cards to one another, which were hand delivered to each classroom.

Further funds will be added to the pot when the proceeds roll in from the Lions Club of Maidenhead‘s annual Swimarathon in January.

Partners for Change Ethiopia work to help orphan and vulnerable children.

The school in School Lane started supporting the charity after Sarah Parfitt, a parent, invited staff to an event in London where they learnt about its goals and asked how it could help.

“The children have been learning specifically about a school over in Ethiopia in a village which means ‘village of hope’,” said headteacher Anna Smith.

“The school has a budget of 50p per head. It’s very, very poverty stricken.

“He (Pete) brought to life the country for them and gave them more of an idea of how their money would be spent,” continued Anna.

“He was very grateful. He said to me how much he enjoyed visiting us and how impressed he was with the children.

“Charity work is a really important element of who we are.

“We are gearing up to support comic relief.”

Parent Sarah Parfitt will run the London Marathon in 2015 in support of Partners for Change Ethiopia.

Source: Maidenhead Advertiser

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