YOUNGSTERS at Solihull School won’t be sending Christmas cards to one another this year – but it’s all in a good cause.
The pupils and staff at the Junior School are raising money for Sightsavers Christmas Wishes Appeal and are hoping to generate enough cash to help save the sight of their 450th child – to mark the independent school’s 450th anniversary.
It is the fifth year that the 170 pupils have supported the charity, which helps to combats blindness in developing countries and provides eye care and treatment.
To date, Solihull School pupils have raised more than £7,000 for the charity, which has helped to pay for cataract operations for 417 children.
Deputy Headteacher Mark Penney said: “For me, the incentive of supporting this wonderful charity is that, for a relatively meagre sum, the life of a child and its family can change dramatically for the better.”
“With Solihull School reaching a very special 450th milestone, we are hoping to mark the occasion with a special significance of our own: saving the sight our of our 450th child.”
The school is also supporting The Rotary Club of St Alphege, Solihull’s appeal to raise money for Polioplus, which aims to eradicate polio.