Students get creative to help raise cash for worthy cause

King Edward VI School pupils Bethany Shelton and Naomi Kendall were among those who raised funds for SSAFA. Picture by Jane Coltman.
King Edward VI School pupils Bethany Shelton and Naomi Kendall were among those who raised funds for SSAFA. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Students at King Edward VI School in Morpeth got creative to raise money for an armed forces charity.

During the past year, they have participated in numerous events and projects to commemorate the First World War Centenary – including a research project about the school war memorial with Morpeth Antiquarian Society and a First World War themed tea party at Morpeth Town Hall.

In textiles lessons, a group of pupils have worked with design technology teacher Adele Percival to design themed banners, which were displayed in Sanderson Arcade.

They have also designed and sold a range of First World War themed items such as cushions and dresses and they raised £159.73 for SSAFA.

Formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, SSAFA provides life-long support for those who serve or have served in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, British Army and the Royal Air Force, and their families.

David Pryer, of SSAFA’s Northumberland branch, said: “It is delightful to see these beautiful crafted artefacts that already mean something special to those who made them, those who will receive them and those who will treasure them for years to come.

“SSAFA is most grateful to them for their efforts and for doing it for the benefit of veteran servicemen and women.”