THE big-hearted community at Woodrow First School have raised more than £720 for Redditch Nightstop – thanks to tubes of Smarties.
The Longdon Close school first linked up with the charity, which works to prevent homelessness in young people, two years ago after being selected by the Royal Society of Arts to take part in a social action project.
With such a good cause in mind and a consignment of Smarties – all donated free – on the premises, supporting a charity dear to their hearts was the obvious outcome.
First the school sent out a flyer to all families explaining what they wanted to do – with their support, and brought an overwhelmingly positive response.
It was followed by a wear ‘whatever you like’ day on November 13 and in return the pupils were given a tube of Smarties, accompanied by the Nightstop School Sweet Challenge poster and collected the tubes with donations in over the next week.
“After all people have been through the response from the Woodrow community has been absolutely fantastic,” said headteacher Richard Kieran.
Sharon Holtom from Redditch Nightstop said: “I feel quite overwhelmed by the support from staff, children and parents at Woodrow First School, in some Smartie tubes we had £5 notes and others filled with £1 coins , what an amazing community we live in.
“If any other schools would like to take part in the Smarties challenge please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“All smarties have been donated by local supermarkets and posters available to promote the challenge.”