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School’s fundraising goal

Fundraising pupils at a Bognor Regis school have achieved national fame again.


All the students and staff members at The Regis School could take part in this year’s Soccer Aid playground challenge.


The non-uniform day fundraising event for Unicef’s work in the developing world will raise at least £1,000, which the British government will double.


They posted their efforts on Unicef’s Instagram site to follow their work in 2018 which was highlighted by the global body as being the best in Britain.


It has featured in its publicity material for the latest Soccer Aid ahead of the latest of the charity games at Chelsea’s ground, Stamford Bridge, on June 6.


One of the school’s rights respecting ambassadors, Kendra Diston, travelled to Africa last year to see Unicef’s work.


The 14-year-old said: “What makes this special is the enjoyment we get out of it. We know that by doing this we are making such a change to people around the world.


“That feeling beats every other feeling. My journey to Africa last year has made me more aware of what is going on around the world.


“It has helped me to be more motivated to do this and to think of new things.”


Student leader Harley Collins, 15, said: “We need to understand some people are not as fortunate as us.


“One of the things Unicef does is a pop-up school in a box with enough equipment to educate a class of children.


“If they don’t have education, how will they get experience of the world and better themselves? You need to be literate and have some basic maths skills.”


Also helping to ensure last Wednesday ran smoothly was rights respecting ambassador Eden Purdy, 14.


She said: “What we are doing is really good. We know we are helping those who need help.


“We expect to have clean water and nice food but there are people around the world who don’t have that.”


The fundraising began the previous week when 28 students walked between the piers at Worthing and Bognor Regis.


Dubbed the water walk, this was aimed at raising money to provide a clean water supply.


There was plenty of water when the playground challenge began. The heavy rainfall led to a change of location to the sports hall of the neighbouring Arena Sports Centre.


The obstacles which were tackled included a ball dribbling course, a bouncy castle, running under a parachute and running through a tunnel.


Caroline Saunders, an assistant principal at the school, said: “The rain was never going to stop us.


“We were always going to keep going, regardless of the weather, which is a real testament to the resilience of the staff and the students.


“Up to 1,500 people can take part in today’s event. In addition to going round the course, students can purchase extra goes for 50p and food and drink stalls are in a neighbouring room to buy and raise more money.”


Children paid £1 to leave their school uniforms at home. Unicef has told the school that £1,164 will provide a child-friendly space where children can learn, play and recover in emergencies
Alternatively, £1,70 could ensure a child receives vaccines to protect them from deadly diseases.

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