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West Lynn Primary School students use Bags2School scheme to boost playground activities





Lynn pupils have been working to raise money for new playground activities at their school.

Children and staff at West Lynn Primary joined together with family, friends and members of the community to donate bags of clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories to raise funds through the Bags2School scheme.

Established in 1999, the initiative buys second-hand textiles to supply countries in Eastern Europe, South America, and Africa and has paid out more than £48million to schools and other groups for collected items.

Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt
Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt

Michelle Adams, receptionist at the school, said: “The Friends of West Lynn Primary have been organising Bags2School for well over ten years now.

“We have around three collections per year where we ask parents, staff, and local residents to fill a bin bag full of clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories.

“The amount we collect ranges from between 100kg to 200kg each time, and this raised between £50 and £100.”

Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt
Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt

“We hope to make anywhere up to £100. We would like to spend this on improving the pupils’ playtimes, with markings for outdoor play and learning, and by purchasing game tables and wall-mountable activities.

“These fundraising initiatives are very important to us, as they enable us to raise money to benefit all pupils in the school and enhance their learning environment.”

“It also involves the wider community, as we advertise on the West Lynn Village Facebook page and encourage donations,” she added.

Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt
Schoolchildren have been busy raising money. Picture: Ian Burt

“These smaller fundraisers are simple to organise and rely on the support from the school community.

“At the same time, we are helping the environment by recycling unwanted clothes and stopping them from being put into landfill.”

West Lynn’s next fundraising event will be a summer bingo session, which will take place at the school on June 24 and will also be in aid of the playtime project.



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