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Clevedon Learning Trust

Clevedon Learning Trust

Wheelchairs for Africa

Big-hearted pupils and teachers at Mary Elton Primary School give Christmas boost of £2,500 of wheelchairs to their link school area of Africa.

The school raised £2,500 from fundraising activities over the year to design and make wheelchairs made for people living in Arusha, near Mt Kilimanjaro and Mikumi, a town near Mary Elton's Tanzanian link school, Kikoboga.

Teachers Stephen Thurgur, Cheryl Brown, Sarah Jones and Sharon Tayler have returned from a trip to the area where they met Josef who had had his life transformed from a previous wheelchair donated by Mary Elton pupils.

They also met a little girl called Princess in Arusha who will be the next child to have a wheelchair designed and made by the Clevedon pupils.

And they took lessons, games, resources, videos and gifts to share with the children and staff at their link school. They also learned tips from a women’s gardening group which they brought back to gardening club Year 4 pupils at Clevedon. They now plan to bring the Head over from Tanzania to Clevedon next year.

Cheryl said: “The Tanzania trip was amazing. The whole experience was eye opening, humbling, amazing and rewarding.

“Our pupils have been inspired by the whole project. Our teachers met wheelchair makers and recipients all sponsored by Mary Elton.

“We were able to revisit Josef, a recipient of the wheelchair Mary Elton children fundraised and designed. He had been visited on a previous trip when he had not yet received the wheelchair and the difference it has made to his life is phenomenal - he sends his gratitude to all at Mary Elton.

“Princess has a disability which means she cannot move around unaided and needs to be carried. The wheelchair we have funded will give her more independence. This is a life-changing partnership between our schools and areas.”