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Hunstanton's Smithdon High School students in Christmas jumper fundraiser

Caring Smithdon students celebrated the end of term on Friday by raising more than £330 for two children’s charities.

Christmas Jumper Day at the Hunstanton high school, a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, saw students and staff members don an array of festive outfits and costumes, some of which had been customised by the wearers.

The money raised was divided equally between Save the Children, which launched the Christmas Jumper Day initiative in 2012, and a fund to help Ukrainian children.

Smithdon’s head teacher, Amanda Gibbins, said: “We have supported Christmas Jumper Day for the past three years, and first got involved when one of our governors suggested it, as he had links to Save the Children.”

She continued: “Our students did not have to wear a shop-bought Christmas jumper – we encouraged them to decorate an item of clothing with tinsel, baubles or glitter.

“The majority of the staff also got involved, with some going all out in a Christmas-themed costume – in past years, we’ve had an elf, Santa, and even a Christmas tree.

“Not all children were able to donate or take part, but we managed to raise £331.32, with half for Save the Children and half for the fund to support children in Ukraine.”

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