PUPILS from Solihull Junior School have splashed out to help change the lives of desperately deprived children at a village school in Africa.
The youngsters raised £1,430 to pay for a water purification system for Kyabirwa Primary School in Uganda where Gemma Rickman, daughter of former Solihull School deputy head Harry Rickman, is now teaching.
During a 20-minute swim, the group completed 92 kilometres in lengths to raise money for Water Aid.
Gemma Rickman said: “The system will enable each child at the school to have a drink during the day and for the school to provide breakfast for over a thousand children who would not otherwise eat or drink until the evening.
“It will also save pupils from as young as seven from having to carry up to 20 litres of water for over a mile for their families and the school every morning and evening.”
Work is about to start in installing a new hand-pumped well for the school, which currently has no water supply, electricity or a kitchen.
During a productive three-month charity campaign, the seven-11-year-olds also raised £3,000 for the Prince’s Trust, the Children’s Trust, ILEAP, Wheels for the World and Remap from making and selling cakes and biscuits, smoothies, and cheese and ham toasties.
They also raised £2,000 from their Sightsavers Christmas Wishes appeal, enough to save the sight of 117 children at £17 per cataract operation.
This included £365 from Vicknesh Sarveswaran who saved a pound a day all year for the second year in a row.
Mark Penney, deputy head of Solihull Junior School, said: “Our boys and girls put in a great effort to raise this record sum for such worthy causes over such a short period of time.”