Teachers and staff at a Lynn primary school will be taking a break from class – when they jump from a plane to help vulnerable pupils in Africa.
Fifteen daredevils from Whitefriars Primary School aim to raise £6,000 for a school in Uganda by taking part in a skydive next month.
The money will allow more than 600 pupils at Kakwokwo Primary School to finally gain access to clean water.
At the moment, pupils can only get fresh water by walking to the nearest borehole four kilometres away.
Whitefriars headteacher Lee Stevens, who is taking part, said: “Every day a group of children have to walk to the borehole with 20-litre jerry cans then carry them back.
“The water is used for drinking and, if there is sufficient left over, for hand washing. The toilet block is rinsed out once a day but conditions are appalling.
“The toilets are basically pit latrines with no hand washing facilities. The lack of hygiene is not because the children don’t want to wash, it’s because they don’t have water to wash with.”
The £6,000 would provide them with their own clean water by covering the cost of drilling, excavating and building a borehole at the school.
Mr Stevens said the school council at Whitefriars, governing body, Friends of Whitefriars, and pupils and staff, have already given their support to the project, and an event is being planned to get parents involved too.
The skydive was suggested by school governor Becky Adair after she did one last September.
Ms Adair is planning to take part in this one too, along with deputy headteacher Mat Tuckwood, teachers Sarah Spooner, Lee Dowers and Trish Rowlands, teaching assistants Fay Leggett, Larisa Sergejeva and Aste Norikiene and friends and family members, Oliver Peabody, Philip Writer, Rebecca Harrison, Joe Wilding, David Ward and Tom Cress.
The skydive is due to take place on Saturday, February 15, weather permitting, at UK Parachuting in Beccles.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the Whitefriars team can contact Mr Stevens on 01553 761001.