Pupils milking it for unusual fundraiser

Pupils at a Cramlington school were so moo-ved by a charity project they decided to help an unusual scheme to send a cow to Africa.

Eastlea Primary in Cramlington has been raising funds for its harvest festival project for the ‘Send a Cow’ to Africa charity as part of the Hoof Out Hunger campaign.

Rachel Lyons, from the charity, visited Eastlea to launch the fundraising campaign, and pupils and staff at the school have been collecting funds ever since.

Parents and friends joined the pupils at St Nicholas Church in Cramlington for their harvest festival dressed in cow head gear and Hoof out Hunger badges.

Each class has collected silver and copper coins in empty milk cartons for a fortnight and Year 6 made ‘cow pat’ cookies to sell to the rest of the school last Friday.

At a finale event in school on Monday, a silver cow and a copper cow pat were created in the school hall with all the money that has been raised by the pupils, who joined staff in dressing up as cows for the occasion.

Headteacher Emma Beeston said: “It always amazes me how generous our families are when we launch a harvest fundraising campaign.

“This year has been particularly successful.

“I think the ‘Send a Cow’ project really caught the children’s imagination and we have had a lot of fun in school while at the same time supporting a very worthwhile cause.

“The fact that we have exceeded our target and raised more than enough to send a cow to a family in Africa is something that we are all delighted about.”

Visit www.sendacow.org.uk/hoof-out-hunger for more information about the campaign.