From Chatburn to India... Ribble Valley pupils raise funds to change a child’s life

Chatburn School coin collection 1
Chatburn School coin collection 1

Pupils at Chatburn Primary School coined a great fund raising idea for a charity that touched their hearts.

They wanted to help the Northern Cleft Foundation, a Blackburn founded charity that provides free corrective cleft surgery to underprivileged children in India.

Chatburn School coin collection 2

Chatburn School coin collection 2

So they drew the charity’s logo in chalk in their playground and outlined it with coins they had collected, raising a grand total of £200. This is the exact amount needed for one child to have life changing corrective cleft surgery.

The children and staff of the school decided to do this after hosting a presentation about the charity given by Mrs Fran Osborne and Dr Sheila Bailey.

Dr Bailey, who works with the charity, said “ We are very grateful to Mr Maud and to Chatburn School for this wonderful donation which will change a child’s life for the better. We really enjoyed watching the children bringing the drawing of our logo to life and it was wonderful to see how much they enjoyed it too.’’

The Northern Cleft Foundation is made up of doctors and nurses from across the North of England who volunteer their time and expertise to help children in India who would otherwise be unable to access medical help. Since its inception the charity has provided 1200 children with free corrective cleft surgery. To find out more go to www.northerncleftfoundation.co.uk or facebook.com/NorthernCleftFoundation.