PUPILS and staff at a Bolton Primary School worked non-stop over the first term of the year, as they brought in cash and goods for causes that stretch to the East of Africa.

The Gates Primary School in Westhoughton kicked off three months of fundraising with a Harvest Assembly for Year Five students in October.

Ronnie Slater, the school’s business manager, said: “It all started with the harvest. Pupils brought in food and items which were then delivered to Urban Outreach. We received hundreds of food items from parents that were then delivered to their food bank.”

November saw pupils raise over £250 for Children in Need through a non-uniform day and a ‘Create a Pudsey’ competition.

The School Council, which played a big role in the charitable efforts, also sold toast during break times, making £165 to provide resources for the school’s sponsored child.

Tamba, an 11-year-old from Sierra Leone, has been received generous donations from the school for the past three years.

Ronnie said: “Every year we send him a birthday card and raise funds for his village. We have a wall dedicated to him and we get updates on how he’s benefitting from the money sent over. Everyone in the school knows him.”

In addition to learning about the culture and hardships of people across the globe, the youngsters have been providing help for charities closer to home.

As part of a flurry of final fundraising efforts in December, pupils gave up their hard earned selection boxes for a domestic abuse charity.

Fort Alice provides support and services for women, families, children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

Ronnie added: “The pupils are usually given a selection box every year, but this year they thought that others could benefit from the money that would be used. It was great to see the look on the workers’ faces because I helped deliver the gifts and my car was packed. The pupils are very happy with how much they have donated.”

Other events in December included a ‘Reverse Advent’ calendar, in which classes took turns bringing in items to be packaged into food parcels. A school choir also took part in a radio concert at Carnegie Hall, where they donated chocolate oranges for the people of Westhoughton. The choir’s fundraising efforts outside shops also raised over £150 for charity.