Downham Academy boosts Bobble bid

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A charity’s annual winter event got a warm welcome from Downham Academy when it helped raise more than £300.

Students took part in Age UK Norfolk’s Bobble Day, which raises awareness and funds to help elderly people protect their health during the cold winter months.

They raised money earlier this month by wearing colourful winter woolies, baking and selling cakes and distributing handmade woolly Bobbles to pin to clothing – and collected a total of £318.71.

Hilary MacDonald, chief executive of Age UK Norfolk, said an average of 500 more people die each year in the winter than in the summer in Norfolk.

“That’s why the money raised by these young people and others on Bobble Day is so greatly needed,” she said.

“We are delighted to receive this donation and very grateful to the students and staff for all their hard work.”

Julie Watts, deputy head of Americas House at Downham Academy, added: “Congratulations to the students. They worked very hard to raise funds for Age UK Norfolk.”