A group of Year Six youngsters at a Lynn school could face missing out on a leavers’ prom, if the funds are not raised.
The year of 54 children at Fairstead Community Primary School are currently without anything planned for their end-of-year celebrations, as this year it will no longer be funded by the Fairstead Area Neighbourhood Group (FANG) which has recently disbanded.
Tania Wyley and Jane Cudworth, both mothers of final year pupils, have taken the responsibility into their own hands.
Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School’s head teacher Hazel Spinks said that the school has never funded the party themselves, and without the finance and organisation from FANG, the idea of a prom has become unfeasible.
So Mrs Wyley, along with a number of other parents, has been looking for alternative routes to make the leavers’ prom a reality.
Mrs Wyley said: “It’s a big step to the next chapter of their lives, so they need a good send-off.
“The children work really hard. They are preparing for their SATs at the moment, so there’s a big amount of stress before the shock of high school, so I think it’s important that they get to celebrate that.”
The parents are looking for a venue, music and decorations as donations towards the big night.
Mrs Wyley is also organising a raffle to raise funds and has had some “amazing prizes” donated to her by local companies who wanted to chip in with the cause.
She has also had offers from a neighbour who has suggested completing a sponsored bike ride, as well as from Springwood High School who might provide their school band for the evening’s entertainment.
Mrs Wyley added: “There has been a great response from a lot of people.” But she was keen to point out that none of this is set in stone, and without donations towards the occasion, it still may not be possible.
If you would like to help towards the children’s prom and make a donation, then please contact Tania Wyley by phone: 07500581529, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook page: Year 6 Leavers Prom.